Earlier this week, Microsoft Launcher version 5.5 arrived for all Android users. Today, Microsoft has followed up that full release with the latest beta version of the service. Now available for download, Microsoft Launcher 5.6 adds some interesting new tools for users to test.
Perhaps the most important addition to the Launcher is a deeper integration with Microsoft Teams meetings. Users can now join meetings directly from the Calendar card on the Launcher Feed.
Microsoft has also added support for adaptive icons to create a uniform look for apps. This feature was actually introduced in version 5.5 and is available across all Android devices. It is unclear why Microsoft is listing it again in version 5.6.
Microsoft Launcher 5.6 allows users to see flagged emails in Tasks cards. It is worth noting this tool only works with Microsoft Account emails. The full changelog is below:
- Adaptive icons support – Now you can have the same look for your app icons with multiple choices for shapes.
- You are able to join Microsoft Teams meeting in Calendar card in your Feed.
- You can see your flagged emails from your Microsoft Account or work/school account in Tasks card.
- Launcher settings experience has been optimized so you can discover and find what you're looking for quickly.
Users of Microsoft Teams will be particularly happy with the new integration within the Feed card. Microsoft has increasingly been tying its other service directly into Launcher.
If you are a beta tester, you can download Microsoft Launcher 5.6 from the Google Play Store now. We expect Microsoft will leave this build in testing for a few weeks before rolling it out to all users.