Microsoft Launcher Review | Ultimate Review (2020)

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Microsoft Launcher Review

An upgrade project of Microsoft Garage Arrow Launcher, it comes with a wide range of features, including Cortana, Feed, Dock, Daily Bing Wallpaper and more. Within three years, over 10 million users have installed Microsoft Launcher, and with an average rating of 4.6, it competes with significant launchers. How does it work? What are the features? The blog post explores Microsoft Launcher review (2020).

Microsoft Launcher review

Home screen

Screenshot of Microsoft Launcher Home Screen
Microsoft Launcher Home Screen

The home screen is the first thing to notice. We can add Bing as well as Google search bar. A few apps are already on the home screen. By default, the swiping down opens up the search bar, while swiping up opens up the app drawer. You can customise those options in the gestures settings 👇. On the far left, we have the Feed menu 👇, and swiping up above the bottom apps displays the Dock menu 👇. You can change the wallpaper in the settings, but the thing I most like is Bing Daily Wallpaper. You can choose the category and see a new wallpaper every day.


Screenshot of Microsoft Launcher Your Feed
Microsoft Launcher – Your Feed

Like Bixby Home and Google News Feed, Microsoft Launcher comes with its own Feed. On the top, you can see your account info with weather, rewards, and calendar events. Below the account info, we have the Bing search bar which supports camera as well as barcode scan.

If you are wondering what the rewards are, then Bing Rewards is a program where users earn points by searching on Bing. A user can redeem the rewards in exchange for gift vouchers, event entries, or donations to non-profit charities. Depending on the user’s country, the rewards are redeemable.

Other than above, the Feed section comes with three sections, including Glance, News, and Timeline. The glance section contains cards including calendar, Cortana, recent activities, people, tips and much more. You can also add and delete cards. On the news screen, you can find personalised news, while the timeline tracks your activities, including app timing, recent apps and more.

Another feature called Continue on PC is a way of working on the mobile and on PC simultaneously. It supports limited apps, including Excel, Word etc. If you see an option Continue on PC in your timeline, then a browser window will open on your PC to continue working.

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Screenshot of Microsoft Launcher Dock
Microsoft Launcher Dock

On the home screen, you can quickly access favourite apps and settings by swiping up on the line below the Bing Search bar. Apps like Google Play, Phone, Messages, Camera etc., with settings including Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, torch, mobile data etc., are available in the dock menu. The feature is similar to iOS’s Control Center, but the look is different. You can customise Dock in settings.

Apps Menu

Screenshot of Apps Drawer in Microsoft Launcher
Microsoft Launcher Apps Screen

Microsoft Launcher separates new and recent apps to make it easier to navigate. You can also find those apps in the app drawer down below. On the right, you can see the alphabetical line. The search bar is also available on the top.

Other than that, you can change menu settings, hide apps, hide recent apps section and even select multiple apps to add to the home screen. Some apps support extra options which can be found by holding the apps. The standard options such as uninstall the app, find related widgets, add to the home screen, and select multiple apps options are available in the three dots menu. Furthermore, you can change the app’s name in the middle option and open the app info on the left.

Theme options

The launcher comes with light, dark, and transparent themes. With the light theme, you get a white coloured background, while the dark theme offers a black look. The transparent theme shows the home screen wallpaper as the background. You can change the background blur, transparency, opacity, and the accent colour in the settings.

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Microsoft Launcher Home Button Gesture
Microsoft Launcher Home Button Gesture

One of the great elements of Microsoft launcher is the gestures, which enable an advanced level of navigation options. With gestures, you can specify the tasks on touch, swipe, double touch/swipe, pinch tasks on the home screen. For example, in the above GIF, the search screen display on double touch on the home screen. Take a look at all the gestures and what can be done.

An Image of Gestures in Microsoft Launcher
Microsoft Launcher – Gesture Options

Microsoft Launcher also supports Android 10 gestures (reports MSPowerUser) such as corner swiping, going back to home, switching apps, and a couple more.

Review video

Are you still confused? Here is Microsoft Launcher review video. The video covers a few features and how the launcher looks like.


The blog post: Microsoft Launcher review covered almost everything about Microsoft launcher, and I hope the article helped. Which launcher do you use? Have you tried Microsoft Launcher? Please share your experience with me so we can discuss more, also subscribe to the newsletter for post updates.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Launcher Review | Ultimate Review (2020)”

  1. I’ve been using Nova launcher for years and consider it to be the best. However, I’ve just set up a tablet for a friend. which is stuck with Android 7. As she doesn’t want to pay for pro versions I decided to try Microsoft Launcher. The last time I looked at it was when it was called Arrow launcher and I wasn’t impressed, but I was veery impressed by this updated version. It seems to have most of the features of Nova and is highly customisable. I’m sure you know all that it can do so I won’t go into it, but why pay for Nova Prime when you can have Microsoft launcher for free. I’m giving serious thought to switching, despite having paid out for Nova. Well done Microsoft!

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