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There's no shortage of third party launcher applications on Google Play Store. These smartly coded apps can completely revamp the look and feel of your phone's UI and can also add some extra features to enhance the overall functionality. Among the popular launcher apps such as Go launcher, Nova launcher, Apus launcher, etc., the Google Play Store also offers a launcher app from Microsoft. Yes, you heard it right. Known worldwide for its Windows products, Microsoft also has a launcher app for Android devices.
Until now, the app missed one important feature which can be used on Android devices. The launcher app from Microsoft has just received a major upgrade in the form of Cortana integration. Microsoft launcher version 4.6 now comes with 'Cortana' support for Android users and the voice assistant is capable of performing a number of tasks.
With Cortana on-board, Microsoft launcher on Android devices is capable of following functions.
Make a call, schedule meetings, change wallpaper, etc.
Continue on PC or read the headlines for you as you start your day
Command Cortana to send your pictures to your PC, sync Cortana reminder with Launcher To-Do
Use Cortana to facilitate your work: create/query/view your meetings, remind you the commitment in the email
Control phone's system setting through Cortana
As of now, Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana is integrated on the launcher app in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Australia and China. We believe the support for more markets will follow soon.
Just to give you some insights on Microsoft launcher, you can access your calendar, documents, and recent activities in your personalized feed on the app. You can simply capture an image on your phone and see it instantly on your Windows PC or continue editing an Office 365 document on your PC by linking your phone with your Windows PC. Besides, you can search the web or your files, apps, docs, messages and web results using Microsoft Launcher's universal search bar. Moreover, with deep customization for gestures, you can double tap to lock your phone, swipe up for app drawer and do a lot more.
Now the question is, would you give Cortana a chance when Google Assistant is already active on your Android devices to take care of everything. The Windows maker's virtual assistant makes sense on Android devices only if the user is a die hard fan of Microsoft or is a loyal Window user who wants to extend the Windows functionality on Android devices. To find out how Microsoft launcher actually works on an Android device, we have downloaded the app on one of our Android device. Stay tuned for our experience with Microsoft launcher app.