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Microsoft Launcher for Android is today receiving a new update on the Google Play Store, today’s update is for those who are enrolled in the beta program. Microsoft has announced the new version of its Launcher ahead of the public launch and if you are a beta tester, you can download the new launcher for your Android phone.

It is, however, worth mentioning that the beta update is not available for everyone, but the download link should be up on the Google Play Store in the coming hours, as the release takes place in stages.

Microsoft Launcher 4.7.6 beta is a big update with several improvements. Microsoft has finally introduced a new first-time experience screen for new users who use phone linking feature in Windows 10 operating system. Furthermore, Microsoft has also improved the Cortana integration in the Launcher.

By the looks of things, Cortana integration in the Launcher has become Microsoft’s priority as with today’s update the software giant is adding navigation query support to the digital assistant. And last but not least, Microsoft Launcher also offers support for settings like Wi-Fi and flight mode.

The company is also adding support for the Japanese, Korean, and Russian language. Apart from the above-mentioned changes, Microsoft is also fixing several bugs. In other words, the update should improve the performance of the app dramatically.

The newest version of Microsoft Launcher is still in beta so bugs are still possible, but it would be bearable for most of the users. Keep in mind, Microsoft does not recommend beta updates on primary devices where performance and stability are essential. In the changelog, Microsoft says that the futher improvements are likely in the beta builds and today’s update is just a ‘minor release’.

  • JohnW

    They add navigation to Cortana on Android as they take it away from Windows Mobile.

  • Jonni_Kennito

    Cortana being added is the worst thing that could happen. :( This was one of the best launchers going… I guess its back to Apex now!