The latest update to Microsoft's Arrow Launcher brings a ton of new features


Microsoft's Arrow Launcher, a side-project developed by the Microsoft Garage experimental studio, is one of the better existing alternatives to more popular launchers, such as Nova and Action. A couple of weeks ago, we were promised a massive update for Arrow, and today it's finally here, and it has a bunch of welcome new functionality.

The newest version, v3.0, was in beta testing up until now, and it brings many new options, with the biggest being the long-awaited tablet support. Along with it comes a brand-new utility page, which allows users to pin various interactive "cards", such as a contacts list, reminders, frequent apps, and more. The page is entirely optional, however, and its look is also customizable.

Other improvements include expanded backup functionality, a horizontal layout for the "all apps" page, and the ability to hide headers. Microsoft also claims version 3.0 uses 15 percent less battery and 20 percent less memory, thus considerably lowering battery usage. Apart from that, the launcher itself is still as chock full of features as ever, giving users options to extensively customize its looks and functionality, such as mixing and matching icon packs, and using Bing's changing wallpapers, as well as having various productivity tools.

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5 Comments

1. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Nova Launcher Prime FTW!

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Lol! What is it?

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Nova has annoying fan bots now, smh.

4. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

When wl MS make a WinPhone Like launcher with Live tiles. It shouldnt be hard to do on Android. Once they do I am out from WP.

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Interesting you say that because SquareHome 2 is closer to a finished Windows 10 Mobile experience without ditching the Windows PHONE feel like 10 Mobile had. Note: I don't dislike Win10 Mobile, I just wish they stuck to the basic layouts of Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8. I do think tiles are more universal for screen sizes, and are more accessible for seniors.

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