Microsoft Launcher Beta for Android gets adaptive icons and more

Microsoft Launcher app

Microsoft Launcher for Android has emerged as one of the best
apps for the mobile platform. It provides quick access to
features such as To-Do, Sticky Notes, Windows Timeline. It also
has a personalized news feed, calendar, and other relevant
details. Now, Microsoft Launcher is getting adaptive icons,
ability to hide apps dock and more in the latest update.

Today, Microsoft released the first beta version of its next
major update for Microsoft Launcher app. The latest beta
version 5.5 comes with some new improvements that users have
been waiting for.

The latest update introduces support for adaptive icons. This
will allow the app to maintain the design of the icons on the
home screen.

Microsoft is also adding back an old feature that will once
again allow users to hide apps docks. Hiding apps dock makes it
easier to keep the home screen clean and also allow you to
launch apps faster with a gesture.

There are improvements made for notification badges in the
update. Users will now be getting notification badges for
calling and messaging apps without setting Microsoft Launcher
as the default app.

If you are looking to get more accurate badges then you would
need to set Launcher as your default assistant, Microsoft
explains. Microsoft has also improved the performance of the
Tasks card syncing which is now faster for Microsoft and
work/school accounts.

Access shortcuts have also got some tweaks in the new beta
update. These shortcuts can be accessed when the home screen is
locked. The new version also comes with some under the hood
fixes and improvements to make the overall experience of the
app more refined and fluid.

Since this is a beta update, you may experience certain bugs
and issues occasionally.

Microsoft is expected to bundle all these new features for the
non-beta users in a future update.

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