For the ill-informed, Microsoft Launcher is a launcher for Android developed by Microsoft. It’s a great substitute for users who have migrated from the old Windows 10 Mobile platform to iOS or Android. The Android app enables Microsoft to bake in all of its services and various apps into one single app: Microsoft Launcher.
The Launcher was formerly known as Arrow Launcher and it started as a Microsoft Garage project. Now, it’s a central hub for users to use Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft News.
Microsoft Launcher Update
Prior to 2018, Microsoft did not pay much attention to Microsoft Launcher. The app was flooded with various bugs. A major issue that existed in the launcher was the battery issue. The app caused the phone’s battery to drain faster due to high CPU usage. But it seems that ever since last year, most of the issues have been addressed. A major update was released last year for the app, in which Microsoft added Timeline support. for android users. This enabled users to sync their Timeline activity between devices.
Today, Microsoft announced another update for the app which integrates some interesting features into the app. Microsoft acknowledged that large-screen devices made it difficult to browse through full-screen folders, hence, they released Non-full screen folders which will enable for easier one-handed use of the device. You can now earn Rewards for using Microsoft Launcher and completing other tasks within the app, giving users an incentive to use the Microsoft Launcher. In order to avoid the battery draining bug again, Microsoft added an option that enables users to send a CPU profile through “Contact Us” in settings. The app will also now respect the system font size. You can read the official full changelog here.
Unfortunately, update v5.2 is only available to a limited amount of users right now. This is a good sign, as Microsoft’s luck with untested software has been pretty bad lately. Yesterday, Microsoft released an untested version of Windows which led to several users having gaming issues.