Microsoft Launcher gets massive update with UI improvements, new features

Microsoft Launcher gets massive update with UI improvements, new features
Last month, Microsoft pushed out a major update to its beta version of the Launcher, the Android app that's been quite successful since its release. If you've already read about it in our previous post and still remember it, then you'll be quite familiar with the improvements included in the latest update.

Just to be clear, if you're using the beta version of Microsoft Launcher, then you already benefit from all the new features and improvements released for the stable channel. If not, here is what you get in the latest version of Microsoft Launcher:

  • Family: parents can show/hide kids in the Family card;
  • Improvements to reading news articles with Microsoft Edge browser;
  • Toggle to hide page indicator on home screen;
  • Cortana: supports multi-turn SMS + calling;
  • UI improvements: welcome page, settings page, widgets & context menu;
  • Support for removing screens in overview mode via drag & drop.

In case you've already updated your Microsoft Launcher, at least you now know what to look for and where to find these new features. Microsoft is regularly updating the Launcher, so expect even more important improvements in the not so distant future.

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9 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Best launcher there is. Second is Nova.

3. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Indeed, Nova Launcher lose the first place from Microsoft Launcher. Is very smooth, useful and beautiful launcher.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Except that you can't properly double-tap to lock screen (and not be asked for password next time), it uses a hack which doesn't work well. It's Android's (stupid) fault, it doesn't allow apps to do this. However this is the reason I am still using my phone's official launcher, because the manufacturers tweak their firmware to allow this.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I wish it has option to lock using root.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

That launcher is getting less like a launcher and more like an OS from Microsoft! As long as performance and battery life consumption is within acceptable limits; I see no problem with that. G'Day!

5. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's actually part of Microsoft's plan to take over Android, leaving only the bare OS to Google. And it seems they are succeeding :)

7. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Microsoft gonna unveil this as their skin on Android for surface phone and ill buy it haha

8. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

After all this hype about Microsoft Launcher I've finally decided to make the switch from Nova ...and so far, admittedly, I'm liking it.

9. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

After all this hype about Microsoft Launcher I've finally decided to make the switch from Nova ...and so far, admittedly, I'm liking it.

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