Last week, Microsoft rolled out version 4.5 of its Microsoft Launcher for Android service. The release, which is still in beta, was announced last October and picked up some big new features through version 4.5. Version 4.4 is now the stable release of the app. Less than a week later, Microsoft has sent out an update for Launcher for Android version 4.5.
This initial update is designed to further refine the experience of the launcher. There are only a couple of new features, with most arriving in a flurry last week. Instead, Microsoft is ironing out problems in the service.
The specific build number for this release is Microsoft Launcher for Android beta 18.104.22.168684. Users can now import settings from other launchers by heading to Settings > Backup / Restore menu items. Additionally, it is now possible to reset the launcher at Settings > Utilities / Reset Launcher.
Other than those changes, the update remains the same as the changelog released a week ago. As a refresher, the Microsoft Launcher got some important productivity features and visual flourishes. Users running version 4.5 can now adjust the size of icons in the dock, home screen, and drawer.
Android devices running Nougat and newer now support wallpapers settings on home and lock screens. It seems Microsoft made these visual changes to boost customization on the service.
As for productivity, users can interact with meeting attendees and tell them they are running late directly from the calendar card.
Since launching the Microsoft Launcher it has become one of the company’s most successful Android apps. It is also among the services Microsoft keeps up to date. The app has been downloaded over 10 million times, and while not all those downloads are active, it is an impressive number.
You can get the latest version of Microsoft Launcher from the Play Store.