- Microsoft Launcher goes live today
- The launcher is still in its preview phase
- iOs beta testing is open to all as of now
Last week, when Microsoft announced its Edge browser for Android, it also revealed that the company has decided to give a new look and name to its already existing Arrow Launcher. As part of this branding change, the Arrow Launcher is now known as Microsoft Launcher. Finally, the new app is rolling out to its users from today.
This Android preview version of Microsoft’s Edge web browser is available to download from the Google Play Store. But users must keep in mind that this app is technically labelled as “unreleased” for now due to which, you might encounter few bugs while running it.
In contrast, the Edge Browser’s beta is not yet open to all on Android but Microsoft has opened up its iOS beta testing to all users. Apple iOS users have to register to test this Microsoft Edge browser and once they are approved, they just need to download the app and use it.
This is the hottest attempt by the Redmont-based company to bump up its presence across the smartphone platform- by offering its apps to Android and iOS users when Windows Phone is officially dead. Also, Microsoft’s entire Office Suite is available on Android and iOS.
The Android Edge app is to bring Favourites, Reading Page, New Tab and Reading View from PC to the phone version. The key feature that is anticipated in the new app is its ‘Continue on PC’ option that will enable users to send web pages to a PC, restore earlier pages and also resume from the last page.
The browser is not going to be featured on Android with its EdgeHTML rendering engine but is to rely on Google Chrome’s Blink engine, according to a report by Android Police. The company has decided to bring in features like roaming passwords and regional language support in its following future updates.
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Along with Edge, Microsoft has also introduced a separate Launcher app for Android that will help link photos, documents etc. between your smartphone and PC. It imitates Windows 10’s feature of allowing icons of your favourite people on the home screen. A right swipe on your Android screen will open up a customised feed of news, activities, favourite apps and your important people. Launcher is also going to offer Android users gesture-based support.