Microsoft Launcher getting loads of new features in an upcoming update

Microsoft Launcher getting loads of new features in an upcoming update
Microsoft is readying yet another major update for its Android launcher. Many, if not all, of the upcoming improvements, are already available to everyone who has the beta version installed on their devices.

Among the most important changes included in Microsoft Launcher v4.7, the developers mention some calendar notifications improvements, which will allow users to have all the upcoming calendar events shown on the lock screen.

Also, the new version of Microsoft Launcher allows users to get their new daily backgrounds from their own custom set of wallpapers in addition to Bing. You'll notice that in the next version of the launcher you will be able to set your wallpapers to be scrollable.

Improvements to the badge notifications system have been implemented too, so you'll now be able to control app notification badges for each app installed on your phone.

When it comes to UI, some adjustments have been made, which will allow you to take some actions quicker and easier. You can find them all below, along with some other changes made to the launcher:

  • Simplified long press app context menu;
  • New “What’s New” experience;
  • Support both move & clone when moving apps in app drawer to form a folder;
  • Bug fix on Feedback & Help page.

Finally, the update includes many performance improvements and crash fixes. This looks like a significant update, so let's hope it will be released sooner rather than later.

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4 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

My favorite launcher.

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Mine too but right now I'm using smart launcher 5 which is another great launcher :-)

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I fail to understand why they don't have Live Tiles as their desktop... I use Square Home 2 Launcher on my secondary phones because I like it so much.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I don't think that would be possible since its Android we are talking about here. They'll have to integrate widgets into the tiles and even if they manage it, I don't think the end result will be anything close to The Windows Metro. Best to wait for The mythological Surface Phone running a full blown Windows 10 OS. Rumor has it that it's just around the corner and might break cover in 2019. Fingers crossed. G'Day!

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