Update (12/10/2017, 10:30 pm): Microsoft’s Joe
Belfiore reached out to Twitter and announced that Microsoft
Launcher has moved out from beta to “launched” today.
So, Microsoft Launcher is now available for all users running
Android 4.0.3 and above. He also said that people who are using
the old Arrow Launcher will be gradually migrated to the new
The app page on
Google Play still carries the ‘Preview’ tag but Microsoft
might be changing the same as we speak.
making a buzz, Microsoft has renamed their two-year-old launcher
app called Arrow Launcher. Currently released as a preview,
the app is now called Microsoft Launcher and features a more
straightforward and cleaner interface than its predecessor. The
app also features an entirely new logo.
It was yesterday only that Microsoft launched the preview
version of the Edge browser for
Android and iOS devices. So, this is another effort from
Redmond to expand themselves on other platforms when their
in-house Windows Mobile didn’t perform.
One of the notable updates to Microsoft Launcher is the
Continue on PC
feature. It allows you to send photos, Office docs, web links
from your phone to your PC. The function also exists on Edge
browser for Android and iOS.
Microsoft Launcher supports a variety of gestures including
double tap to lock, swiping up to open the app drawer, etc. You
can also pin your contacts on the home screen where they can be
clubbed in folders.
A swipe from the left-hand side displays the feed similar to
what we see on the Pixel launcher (learn how to
get Android Oreo launcher even if you don’t own a
Pixel device). It includes various widgets to show your
recently used apps, people, calendar, news stories, etc. One
thing I like about the News widget is unlike Google Feed you
can swipe to open the next story.