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Microsoft

Hi everyone,

 

Microsoft Launcher 5.11 Beta is now available. We'd like to invite you to check out what's new and install the beta build and send your feedback our way!

 

What's New

  • Folder and app drawer are more consistent with Launcher theme 
  • You can now hide new apps in app drawer
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements

 

To become a Microsoft Launcher Beta tester:

 

•  Go to https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.microsoft.launcher
•  Click "Become a tester". You'll see a confirmation "You are now a tester." 
Moving forward, you'll always get the latest Beta build when it's available, as long as Microsoft Launcher is running.
 
Microsoft Launcher Team

5 Comments
Regular Visitor

Thanks for the invite.

Frequent Contributor

So, many months back last year you changed the feed pages from tabs at the top to switch pages to tabs at the bottom, and also changed it so that we couldn't swipe left/right anywhere below the top search bar to change feed pages, making a right-swipe anywhere just going back from the feed to the home pages, I and a bunch of others who hate bottom controls complained. And someone from the tech team said we shouldn't worry, that was just an initial change but you'd be reviewing that whole part of the interface and adding options for everyone.

 

Now, many months later, what do we have from this 'reviewing' and promised options?

 

NOTHING.

 

Nothing has changed. Just still bloody bottom tabs and no swiping between feed pages. So, what, you had no intention of changing what you'd done for the people who hated it, and were just saying anything to hopefully shut as up, hoping we'd all just accept it?

 

Not me. I HATE bottom controls in apps, and don't use apps with them. That's why I won't use Android Edge either. In fact the proliferation of bottom controls in Microsoft apps with NO choice is driving me away from the whole Microsoft app ecosystem.

 

Makes an investment in Nova Launcher with the Google Feed seem sensible. You know, when I tried the Firefox Preview browser and found it only had bottom controls I told them I'd not use it unless it got an option to use bottom controls instead ... and a couple of months later an option appeared to switch the controls to the top. Consequently I have a high opinion of the Mozilla Edge Preview dev team; and a low opinion of the Microsoft Launcher one. 

 

I am really, really disappointed in you. Most of what you've done over the last year has been to make the ML Launcher worse for me. It's like you keep telepathically probing my brain, digging up everything I would hate if you changed the app that way, and then doing it.

Occasional Contributor

@DavidGB While the bottom tabs on the feed page aren't a problem for me personally, I share your frustration and disappointment with the Microsoft Launcher team and beta program in general. There is little, if any, engagement from MS on this site (and this website is a PITA to use which doesn't help) and no response to feedback from active users like yourself. Very disappointing, esp. since in early 2019 ML seemed to be getting "in a groove" with meaningful enhancements and engagement from MS to user feedback. I see none of that now. I want to make ML my go-to launcher on my Pixel 3 XL as I heavily use the MS eco-system for my job, but Google products/services for everything else. But I can't make that commitment if MS isn't committed to this beta program and actively responding to feedback like yours. 

 

@sarahm1 @Gorden_Lin 

Microsoft

@ksblack65 thanks for the feedback, Tech community is still not perfect for mobile apps beta community support right now, which prevent our customer support from being timely enough, we also seeking other sites like reddit. 

Occasional Contributor

Thanks for the reply @Gorden_Lin , I appreciate it. I saw the subreddit for Microsoft Launcher but wasn't sure if you wanted us to use that or this website.

 

I also just read this - you have been busy :)  https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-launcher-60-enters-public-preview-new-ui-and-more