Microsoft on Android: here are the coolest, unique, and useful Microsoft apps that are out right now

Microsoft on Android: here are the coolest, unique, and useful Microsoft apps that are out right now
Microsoft has been fighting for a steady ground on the mobile market for quite a while now with its own operating system — one that we've known as Windows Phone, then Windows Mobile, and now, just Windows 10. While handsets touting the Microsoft logo do have a number of devout fans who enjoy the unique approach to the user experience and the integration with Windows on their PCs, Microsoft still has a pretty small piece of the smartphone market pie – around 3%.

Interestingly, instead of using its resources to create platform-exclusive software, which may attract or lock customers in to using Windows phones over its competitors, Microsoft has instead put some effort towards publishing a lot of its apps for Android and iOS, providing its services to all users. And since Android has a more open nature, it also tends to get some cool and unique apps, especially in the form of lock screens or home screens. We dug up 10 of these that have mostly launched in the past year. Check them out below, they are all free, and they are certainly worth keeping on one's phone!


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11 Comments

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Seriously, with all these apps, Microsoft could just built their own version of Android.

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

They can't. Google has has the Android ecosystem on lock. Amazon with all their resources still can't create a viable alternative. What makes Microsoft so different.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Disagree. Fire OS is a viable alternative. Its can function independently without Google inputs or support. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_OS They are many that depend it on ecosystem in the US. Google advantage over Amazon is Google world wide branding. Microsoft is also has a world wide branding. If they adopt Android with Microsoft Services it would deal Google a deadly blow in term of control over Android. The only advantage Google has over Microsoft is the willingness to adopt Open Source licensing.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And it would happen the writing is already on the wall. With an over 80% grip on the global market. You sure Microsoft are not targeting it. Once it apparent to Microsoft Win10 Mobile has no traction, Microsoft next viable business option is to steal Android from Google. Microsoft Cyanogen OS anyone?

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Office Lens is amazing. I have it myself and it works great for taking photos of whiteboards. It cleans up unnecessary strokes and whatnot and emphasizes texts and pictures on the whiteboard.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I sure can't wait for MODs in Cyanogen OS 13. It's like XPosed built into Cyanogen OS, and Microsoft's applications are going to be taking advantage of it big time: https://cyngn.com/cyanogen-os/mod More reasons why I say CyanogenMod is what stock Android should be. One neat feature is bringing what Facetime has been doing on iOS; quick convert from calls to a skype video chat. But like everything Android, it's more advanced, more compatible, and more flexible.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It would be amazing if Android had an official Xposed built in Then OEMs Skins become mods and a theme Which could allow OEMs to release updates faster!

6. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Google has been focusing hard on encryption sine lollipop. There is no way Google will have Xposed built-in. Xposed Framework has been the bread and butter of hackers and ad spammers.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You can still install Xposed on encrypted phones Depends on if you have common sense (unfortunately that's always a problem) You can use Xposed to improve you privacy and remove ads But a Google managed Xposed would mean those mods on the Play Store, which means Google can stop those concerns Google would have to set stricter controls and testing though And make it require root for installing mods from third-parties

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, XPosed does for Android what's already doable on Windows. Despite Windows applications already being capable of such, Windows still remains more secure than Android/Linux and iOS: bit.ly/1SswEXw bit.ly/1FZM9C9 So, security is no excuse for those limitations...

9. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Office lense is the best image to PDF software :d love it !

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