Microsoft Launcher 6 is Now Available

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 24 Comments

Microsoft has released a major new version of its Launcher for Android that supports Dark mode, landscape orientation, and much more. The release was hinted at by a recent deprecation of the preview version of the Launcher, and is thought to include some UX that will appear soon in the Surface Duo as well.

There’s no official announcement, but this horribly-written Microsoft post notes that the Launcher 6 is based on a new codebase that enables some of its new features, including a new personalized news feed, landscape orientation support, customizable application icons, Bing-based wallpaper, and Dark Theme support. It also includes performance improvements “like speed to load, low memory utilization, battery optimization[,] and fluent animations.” I told you it was horribly written. That doesn’t even make sense.

There’s also a new app icon. I know, amazing.

Microsoft Launcher requires Android 7.0 or higher, but you may have issues with Android 10 navigation gestures on some phone models, the firm notes.

You can download Microsoft Launcher 6 from the Google Play Store.

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