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Microsoft releases private beta of Arrow Launcher for Android

Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android private beta
Microsoft Arrow Launcher
This launcher from the Redmond giant comes with a to-do list, quick shortcuts to contacts, as well as other useful features.

Although this may be a surprise to many, Microsoft is currently developing an Android launcher. While Arrow Launcher is not the first Android app from the Redmond giant, it is their first launcher for Google's mobile operating system. Strange enough, Arrow Launcher is still in private beta, but Microsoft already released the APK to the public. Those who just want to take it for a spin can do that right away, without being a part of the community or providing feedback.

Arrow Launcher is an action-based app that only includes three pages - People, Apps, and Notes & Reminders. These pages cannot be removed or added by the user. The first one displays contacts, the second one shows recently installed and frequently used apps, each of the two in a dedicated section while the last allows the user to add reminders.

In addition to the pages mentioned above, Arrow Launcher comes with a dock for quick access to apps and contacts. For now, it still lacks some customization features, but that is no surprise. After all, a beta is still a beta.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-07-27 (Update: 2015-07-27)
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.