Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Launcher Available
Microsoft abandoned Windows for smartphone devices some time ago, and since then have been concentrating their mobile efforts into tablets and productivity software. The company has released the Microsoft Edge browser for Android together with a full release of the Microsoft Launcher. The Microsoft Edge browser was introduced alongside Microsoft Windows 10, the company’s latest desktop and tablet operating system. Edge is Microsoft’s latest attempt to write a browser used for more than downloading Chrome! To a greater or lesser extent, it manages this. Part of the reason why more people use the Microsoft Edge browser compared with Microsoft Internet Explorer is because the Edge browser works much better, and closely integrates with Windows 10. If you use the Google platform, for example if you use Google Drive and Google Docs, you’ll still find the Edge browser limiting… but then Microsoft are hoping customers will switch from Google Docs to Microsoft Office, rather than from the Microsoft Edge to the Google Chrome browser!
The main push behind introducing the Microsoft Edge browser and Microsoft Launcher is to help customers who use a Windows 10 desktop (or perhaps a tablet) and wish to transparently and seamlessly move between their different devices. The Microsoft Edge browser for the Android platform includes Edge desktop features such as Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View. However, Microsoft is proud of its “Continue on PC” option. This in itself is nothing new; customers embedded into the Google ecosystem have been able to do this for years, but Microsoft of course doesn’t have a mobile platform at the moment. For those Android and Windows 10 users around the world, this is a welcome feature. If you are interested in the Edge browser, navigate to Microsoft’s website here to see how you can start using it.
The ability to easily move between the mobile and the desktop has also been applied to the Microsoft Launcher: here, as with Windows 10, customers can place contacts on the homescreen to allow quicker access. There’s also the Microsoft Feed, which sounds very much like the Google Feed in that a swipe right brings up a customisable feed of important events, news, people and even frequently accessed applications. Users can change the backgrounds and gestures, meaning it’s easy to make the launcher your own. Naturally enough the Microsoft Launcher has been designed to work best with other Microsoft products, and it’s no surprise that Samsung were picked to show off the launcher, given how recent Samsung devices come preloaded with several Microsoft applications.
The Microsoft Launcher represents the production version of the Arrow Launcher, and customers using the Arrow Launcher beta application will have the full version pushed to their devices. Otherwise, the Microsoft Launcher is available via the Google Play Store.