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Microsoft Launcher finally gets Cortana support

Microsoft Launcher 4.6 Android launcher app (Source: Google Play)
Microsoft Launcher 4.6 (Source: Google Play)
Microsoft Launcher, the Android app once known as Arrow Launcher, has reached version 4.6 and finally received full Cortana support. This digital assistant can make calls, schedule meetings, change the wallpaper, and more.

The app that started as a Microsoft Garage project known as Arrow Launcher less than three years ago is now quite popular in its niche, although it also went through a name change in the meantime. Back in December 2017, Microsoft Launcher reached the 10 million downloads mark on Google Play. Last week, it finally received full support for Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana.

Since Microsoft Launcher usually ends up on devices that already run Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Bixby, Cortana does not bring any groundbreaking features. However, the fans of Microsoft's ecosystem will surely enjoy having Cortana around. The list of actions that Cortana can perform includes making calls, scheduling meetings, sending text messages, reading headlines out loud, and so on. Sadly, Cortana only works for Microsoft Launcher users in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and China.

Microsoft Launcher 4.6 also includes the ability to share the Launcher via NFC and QR code, support for Arabic and other right to left languages, InTune integration for remotely wipe commands in case the device gets stolen, as well as the ability to place widgets into the dock and pin apps or contacts on the home screen.

Just as most previous versions, including those labeled as "Arrow Launcher," Microsoft Launcher 4.6.0.40351 requires Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. The app has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 points and has been reviewed by 458,602 users so far. The download count is still in the 10,000,000 - 50,000,000 range, and it will probably take a while to see Microsoft Launcher reaching the next level in this department.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02-12 (Update: 2018-02-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.