Arrow launcher is now Microsoft launcher, also gets some new features

Angelica Greene
October 7, 2017

Kilbourne says that these new presence options are rolling out now to Insiders on iOS, Android, Linux, Mac and Windows desktop with Skype version 8.8.76.61480. "Continue on PC functionality in both apps comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update", Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Windows and Devices, Microsoft, said in a statement.

With Microsoft Edge, you can get the page you're viewing in your phone directly to your laptop or PC.

It's been two years since Microsoft announced the "Arrow launcher" and today Microsoft renewed it with new features, new interface, and name.

Microsoft's efficient Edge browser aims to provide a conitinuity between your Windows 10 PC and your smartphone.

You can sign up to test the Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android preview apps here.

The Edge apps will keep pace with Apple and Google browser release versions because Microsoft plans to ship its "own copy of the rendering engine in the apps", Lyndersay explained. For now, we will just have to wait and see since Microsoft is focused on just getting the iOS and Android apps out first. That doesn't mean you can't have all your favourite features- Reading List, New Tab page, Reading View and more. The app formerly known as Arrow Launcher was a product of the Microsoft Garage, which has since come out with a number of Android apps.

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It also acts as a way of getting you used to the new Microsoft Fluent Design language that will start to roll out to Windows 10 in the coming months.

"Android phones have a feature that iPhones don't - they allow customization of the "launcher" that's displayed when you push the phone's home button".

Larger devices (iPads and Android tablets) are also not supported at launch.

Talking about the customization aspects, you get plenty of icons, and a plethora of themes available to customize anything you want, the GUI is also now more matured and feels highly refined than earlier.

Besides, those who are on the Arrow Launcher beta will automatically get the Microsoft Launcher. Not only that, you swipe right to see your recent applications, events, news and activities and Microsoft calls it "The Feed".

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