Microsoft Launcher for Android coming to enterprise users

During the day two keynote for Build 2018, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Launcher is headed to the enterprise. A secure version of the Android launcher will be available in the future with the ability for IT administrators to manage apps and notifications for employees.

Microsoft's presentation on the enterprise launcher was brief, but the company did let slip a few details. For business users, Microsoft Launcher is intended to provide a safe and secure environment. Administarators will be able to equip phones with a secure folder containing the business apps that workers will need access to. The integrated feed, accessible with a right swipe, will include access to the calendar and other information as it normally does. IT administrators can also push alerts to employees in the feed as needed.

There's no word on when Microsoft Launcher will be available for enterprise users, but it's an interesting development as Microsoft looks to extnd its reach on Android and iOS. This follows news that Microsoft is also bringing Timeline to Android and iOS.

For more from Build 2018 day two, you can tune in to the keynote right here.

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  • Microsoft making the same mistake over and over, they **** on people outside of US. I would love to use this launcher but News feed is useless as it only shows me US news and not my regional websites.
  • News feed works fine for me. It shows local news. Earlier it used to shows UK news though, it changed recently.
  • This appears to be a nice development. I've long thought a tight Office365/Launcher combo could have a lot of potential.
  • It doesn't really matter. Another launcher with a sea of icons. And Cortana still requires manually activation. Useless.
  • It is a launcher, it is supposed to launch apps. What would you replace icons with? You can put squares around icons, but they are still just square icons.
  • Yes...but those square icons flip to attract attention. ha ha.
  • The Live Tiles on Windows and Windows phones is not only more functional but more attractive.
  • They're also integrated into the OS. MS doesn't have that kind of control on Android. It would be half-baked at best.
  • Let's be honest here, live tile was/is half baked on MS's own platform as well... No progression of the concept since inception. Personally, outside of a very few select apps, more times than not I find live tiles to just be noise. At times it just made it hard to quickly find at a glance a specific app I was looking for. More times than not I turn it off for a give app on my Surface.
  • Well, if they are half baked on Windows, they'd be a quarter baked on Android, at best. Not gonna happen. People need to either let that dream die or use one of the other 3rd party launchers that have their own quarter baked live tiles.
  • Thats one opinion. Yep they may be more attractive, but the functionality of the live tiles were novel at best, I did not use them really at all.
  • Has the built-in Cortana become incredibly slow for anyone else, lately? (Galaxy S8 user, here.)
  • Well, Cortana being able to run completely HANDS-FREE is very important to me. And that's simply not an option on either Android or iPhone.
  • Well you are SOL. Windows mobile is dead. so moving forward you HAVE to pick one of the two. And if I were you I would pick android, because soon, you will have Cortana completely hands free on it. Plus with MS launcher you have more windows integration.
  • So this is what It's come to...
    What a joke.
  • No thanks. SquareHome2 launcher for me
  • Tried MS Launcher for a little while. Liked SquareHome2 alot more.
  • Live tiles or bust. Although i am interested in how administrators could control this app...
  • It will be controllable via InTune or another MDM solution.
  • Liked Windows Phone Live Tiles. So far I keep returning to the stock Samsung Launcher on my Note 8. The main reason is the widgets size weirdly in the Microsoft (Arrow) Launcher. Also not seeing much benenfit from running all the MS Apps in this Launcher vs all the MS Apps in the stock launcher.
  • I noticed this too. The icons have no uniformity of appearance in MS launcher too. Samsung's launcher looks a lot better.