Microsoft Launcher for Android 5.3 rolling out with Microsoft To-Do integration and more

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Microsoft today is pushing out version 5.3 of its popular Launcher for Android. The latest version of Microsoft Launcher has been in open beta testing for a few weeks, but now it is ready for primetime with its official unveiling.

Version 5.3 brings lots of features including a new clock and weather widget that provides much more detail than before. Additional features include tasks card support for To-Do's My Day, which lets you have your daily goals right in the Glance area as a widget.

  • Time/Weather widget redesign- Now you can have multiple widgets in multiple sizes in multiple styles for multiple locations! Also check out the updated and more detailed L2 page with hourly and 10 day forecast.
  • 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
  • Font type changed from Segoe UI to Roboto
  • Work profile customers can now get access to their work apps
  • Beta community link in Settings changed to lead to Microsoft Tech Community

Direct of Program Management Microsoft Mobile eXperiences, Vishnu Nath also remarked on Twitterthat users can look for "Flagged Mail support, tons of UX refinements & polish" in today's update.

If on Android there are few better ways to connect all your existing Microsoft services under one app. Launcher not only works great for a general app launcher, but it's tie in with Cortana, To-Do, Office, Timeline, Microsoft News, Bing Rewards, and Sticky Notes make it an excellent hub for all things Microsoft in your digital life.

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