Microsoft Launcher 5.3 Adds Improved Weather Widget, More

Posted on April 9, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 11 Comments

Microsoft has released a minor update to its Android launcher, adding a redesigned Weather widget and various other improvements.

Unlike some recent Microsoft Launcher updates, like 5.1, which added a suite of Digital Health features, Microsoft To-Do and Sticky Notes integration, Bing Mini-Answers, and more, Microsoft Launcher 5.3 is a relatively minor release. The marquee new feature is a completely redesigned Weather widget—which is really a Clock/Weather widget—that now supports multiple locations.

Other new features include:

  • UX refinements to the Home Screen, Dock and Search widget
  • Tasks card now supports “My Day” and “Flagged Emails” from Microsoft To Do
  • News tab now supports “Technology” as a news interest
  • Work profile customers can now get access to their work apps
  • Beta community link in Settings changed to Microsoft Tech Community

You can download Microsoft Launcher 5.3 from the Google Play Store.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Microsoft Launcher 5.3 Adds Improved Weather Widget, More”

  1. csteinblock

    And they moved the search bar from the top to the bottom. It has mess all my screens up. If anyone knows how to move it back to the top, please let me know!

  2. Winner

    Am I imagining that Microsoft had widgets/gadgets on the desktop in Vista and then removed them for some reason?

    Somehow it's funny that we have widgets on our phones but not on our computers.

  3. anthonye1778

    I've always liked the Microsoft launcher. Maybe I'll give it a try again now that I've switched back to Android. Thanks for the info!

  4. robincapper

    Just me who finds this launcher UI horribly complicated? I like the Microsoft services (timeline etc) integration but would love them to do a simple launcher which used AI/learning to only present what you need when you need it. Nokia were close with their Z launcher, by far the most elegant one I have used.

  5. RickyHansen

    I love the MS Launcher, but Ihate the way you have to set is as your default assistant (after Google changed some policies), go get badges to work.

    Now I cannot have badges on my launcher AND use Google assistant....

    So, boring Huawei standard launcher is what I have left...

  6. Marky_DK

    We need Work Account login and complete management from Intune and this launcher would be the best thing since sliced bread.

  7. cwfinn

    Has anyone figured out how to make desktop (screen top?) folders transparent. If one drags one icon on top of another, a new folder is created but its color seems to be both opaque and random.