Microsoft Launcher is set for a revamp on Android phones

Microsoft Launcher for Android
Image Courtesy: Microsoft

Microsoft has a wide range of apps for Android, such as Office,
SwiftKey and other projects include ‘Microsoft Launcher’, which
repaints your home screen design and enables Microsoft services
integration.

Microsoft Launcher for Android provides quick access to
Cortana and Edge, and as well as other Microsoft services such
as Windows Timeline or Microsoft To-Do. Unlike other Launchers,
Microsoft Launcher also offers a personalized feed of news and
calendar appointments.

In its latest bid to improve the Launcher, Microsoft has now
released a Launcher Preview app for Android users. The alpha
version of Microsoft Launcher has been built on a new codebase
and it comes with several cosmetic changes.

“We are releasing the “Microsoft Launcher Preview” today to get
early feedback on new alpha features (ex. Landscape Mode).
Given the builds are still early version, brave souls
installing may experience issues/instability,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft Launcher alpha

As noted by Microsoft, the alpha version comes with support for
Landscape mode but it could be buggy and some features may not
work properly.

According to the changelog, the new version of Microsoft
Launcher includes important new features like Dark mode,
performance improvements and as well as other cosmetic changes.

The full-fledged Dark theme also applies dark appearance
to the app drawer and other areas. The mode is compatible with
Android 10’s dark mode settings, but you can also manually
change the theme from Microsoft’s settings.

Although the alpha version of Microsoft Launcher comes with
plenty of new features, some standard features are currently
missing.

The Landscape mode will allow Microsoft developers to optimize
the app launcher for new form factors such as Samsung Galaxy
Fold,
Surface Duo or Huawei Mate X.

Besides these changes, Microsoft is working on custom icon
packs, Bing daily images integration and other customization
options.

You can download the alpha version of Launcher from here or
by searching for ‘Microsoft Launcher Preview (Early Access)’ in
Play Store.

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