Microsoft Launcher Brings Windows Integration and a Lot More to AndroidAndroid smartphones are capable of many things that you just can’t do on Apple’s iOS (iPhone) devices. One of the slicker Android-only features is the ability to change how your device looks, feels, and behaves—a complete makeover—by simply installing a third-party launcher.

One of the more popular launchers is Microsoft Launcher (an upgrade of the Microsoft Garage project Arrow Launcher).

Designed primarily to help your Android integrate into the Microsoft ecosystem, Microsoft Launcher will not make your device look and behave like Windows 10.

Instead, in addition to providing a highly customizable user interface (UI), it helps ease your Android smartphone’s assimilation in to your Microsoft workflow of apps and services, as well as your Windows laptop or desktop PC.

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Currently a contributing editor at PCMag, William Harrel has been writing about computer technology for more than 30 years, since well before the advent of the internet and has authored or coauthored more than 20 books.

See Windows 8 First Look at Computer Shopper

Will Windows 8 make Windows usable on tablets?

Microsoft released a Developers Preview build of Windows last week. William Harrel and Computer Shopper were all over it. We wanted to know if it will improve the way Windows will run on tablets. Windows 7’s current implementation is clunky and unresponsive. The new Windows 8 is all about apps and completely reworked interface similar to the recently released version of Windows Phone 7. We looked at a very early pre-beta, but it answered our question as to whether Windows 8 is better suited for tablets. Take a look at the thorough and probing First Look at We’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the new look and feel of Windows 8.

Background: The New Windows
The Metro Style Interface
It’s All About the Apps
Touch and Go: Interacting With Windows 8
Typing and Stylus Input: Fingers On
Internet Explorer 10: A Peek at the New Browser
Managing Your Media: New File Handling
The Bulked-Up Task Manager
Pieces of Eight: Our Overall Impressions