Microsoft Launcher scores a handful of optimizations and improvements in the latest update

Microsoft Launcher scores a handful of optimizations and improvements in the latest update

Microsoft has been on a roll expanding the functionality of its Android launcher over the last couple of months. A new update for Microsoft Launcher is now rolling out on Google Play, adding a handful of practical and customization features to the mix. The new stuff includes adjustable size for home screen and app drawer icons, Oreo app shortcuts, and other improvements. Here's the changelog for the new version of Microsoft Launcher (v. 4.5.0.39810):

  • Let meeting attendees know you're running late from the calendar card.
  • Employees whose enterprises leverage Microsoft Intune's data protection policies can now use the Microsoft Launcher for viewing corporate data.
  • Adjust icon size in the app drawer, dock and home screen.
  • Set wallpapers for home and lock screen (7.0+)
  • Add blank pages in vertical mode
  • Recurring reminders
  • Oreo shortcuts creation

In an expected bid to push Bing, Microsoft has also added a new "Trending on Bing" section when accessing the launcher's search interface. It's somewhat similar to the "My feed" tab in Microsoft Edge, in that it is a sort of a news feed containing stories on popular topics, which, of course, redirect users to Bing when tapped.

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5 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2687; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Seems like the manpower that once worked on Windows 10 Mobile is now onto Microsoft Apps and the launcher for Android. The Microsoft Launcher (Formerly known as Arrow Launcher) has received over half a dozen updates in the past six months! Just wish they keep it relatively minimalistic as you can now do TONS of stuff on the launcher like take down notes, set reminders, make a checklist, read your news feed and so on which is a tad... Shall I say; too much? But then again, one can always get Apex or Nova. G'Day!

4. Cat97

Posts: 1677; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

After all these apps are complete, the only thing Microsoft has to do is to release their own version of Android with their own app store. Maybe the Surface Phone will do just that...:)

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1119; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'd say that Microsoft launcher is pretty minimalistic while at the same time being feature rich and I like it that way.

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

A launcher better than stock and Nova.

7. Donbenie

Posts: 239; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

The best..

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