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  1. Guytronic's Avatar
    I tried just about every Windows style launcher on the Play Store, but none of them felt genuine. Maybe that's because a launcher can't replace an OS or I'm just kind of removed from the WP interface. Regardless, Squarehome and Launcher 10 are the best in my opinion. However, once I set up all of my apps on the home screen, I realized that there were just too many apps. I never had that problem using W10M.
    It just looked crazy busy, but Launcher 10 works really well.
    That makes me dizzy LOL...
    11-20-2017 10:48 PM
  2. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    That makes me dizzy LOL...
    I know. I quit setting it up about 30 minutes after installing it. πŸ˜‚
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    11-20-2017 10:49 PM
  3. Guytronic's Avatar
    I know. I quit setting it up about 30 minutes after installing it.
    On a 6 or 6.4 inch screen you could have a million tiles!
    11-20-2017 10:54 PM
  4. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    On my 7" Mediapad I had 1.5 million.
    11-20-2017 10:55 PM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The biggest downside with any launcher or other attempts to maximize MS services, is integration of Cortana into the phone skills. That is, I can't get Cortana to play a song or write a text message easily, with voice controls. Also handsfree mode is not like that of W10m, there are apps that can reason messages and respond, but none I've found are as good as W10m.
    I never bothered with Cortana when I used Windows Phone, so I never bothered with it on Android either. Google Assistant works well for me in the few instances where I use it.
    Guytronic and tgp like this.
    11-21-2017 03:07 AM
  6. G4Grandad's Avatar
    I recommend anyone to watch Marc the Geek's video of Microsoft Launcher on YouTube to see how brilliantly it can look and function on a large screen Samsung android phone. Sadly it didn't look quite as good when applied to my 5 inch screen.
    11-21-2017 05:03 AM
  7. MR CATFISH's Avatar
    That home screen is a mess
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    11-21-2017 08:00 AM
  8. eigenscape's Avatar
    I use Microsoft Launcher. It's good, but it has some annoying problems and lacks integration.

    1. For the vertical layout of the app list, when scrolling up to the top of the app list, instead of doing nothing which is what should happen, it closes the app list.

    2. For the horizontal layout of the app list, the app icons on the first page are larger than the icons on later pages, there are 3 rows instead of 4 in all later pages. This inconsistency looks really bad. So both layouts of the app list have problems.

    3. Many features are replicated from other Microsoft services but are not connected to them. E.g. the to-do list in the launcher is separate from the to-do list in Cortana. Adding an item to one doesn't add it to the other because they're not connected. News on the Launcher is separate from News on Cortana which is separate from News on Bing which is separate from News on the MSN News App which is separate from News on the MSN website. It's ridiculous. How many times are Microsoft going to replicate the same thing across different products without connecting them? Features should be consistent across all the ways they can be accessed and the settings should be synced across all of them.

    4. Clicking on the weather on the Clock and Weather widget brings up some weather page that is bare of anything but the most basic info, instead of opening the MSN Weather app which has far more useful info.

    4. It lacks live tiles.
    Galway 77 likes this.
    11-21-2017 08:01 AM
  9. Localhorst86's Avatar
    With a homescreen like that I bet you wished you still lived in the app gap now :p
    11-21-2017 08:25 AM
  10. etphoto's Avatar
    Android Central has a thread "best launchers" pretty good thread. I made my decision based on that thread.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-21-2017 08:31 AM
  11. romo11's Avatar
    I use MS Launcher. It works nice, only one thing - in the all apps list move the right panel with letters A-Z down horizontally (aka Trebuchet, the default Lineage OS launcher has)
    11-21-2017 08:35 AM
  12. tofferne's Avatar
    How exactly do they work and is every recently or coming Android Phone supposed to be customizable with them? For example the recently released Razer Phone.

    At one time or another I might feel like switching from W10M to Android but old habits die hard and I'd like to get as close to W10M as possible which would require a Launcher like the Microsoft one - Being unfamiliar with Android though raised the question if every Android Phone is supposed to work with it?
    11-21-2017 09:17 AM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    I know. I quit setting it up about 30 minutes after installing it. ν ½νΈ‚
    Haha, very busy screen. I would have done the same.
    11-21-2017 09:29 AM
  14. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    That home screen is a mess
    Yeah. It looks bad. I had good intentions, but I just got tired of arranging and rearranging. Finally, just gave up. 😁
    11-21-2017 09:38 AM
  15. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    With a homescreen like that I bet you wished you still lived in the app gap now :p
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yep. Lol
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    11-21-2017 09:39 AM
  16. tofferne's Avatar
    I had and still have Windows phone, and 10 is amazing. We keep 4 devices going, all 950 XL, and have a box of old devices, 920, 930, 640 and 650.
    We have 3 Android, Huawei 9, Huawei 6P Nexus, and one Samsung 7 Edge.
    First of all, I'm not happy about Android, a lot of irritating things. Apps, I dont use a lot, do not need them, but sometimes nice to have the possibility.
    About phones, Samsung 7 Edge is great, quick and the monitor is amazing nice and clear, but I hate edge. Huawei 6 P Neus is my favourite, but I miss wireless charging. And the Huawei 9, okay, but the early beginning of great Huawei phones.

    All the time I love, relax and enjoy my 950 Xl's and Windows, absolutely the best OS, the size is also the best.
    Now I'm waiting to catch the new small Surface devices, 6 inch devices who can make phone calls, or simular from other OEMs.

    And about the question, Microsoft Launcher, it's far away to good, I feel it's nothing and a stupid old time phone when I install it.
    I install it many times and uninstall it again after few weeks.
    Please give me Windows 10 and Android apps. If not Android with all Microsoft apps, but not the terrible launcher. Apple, no thanks, no dictator company for me.
    11-21-2017 09:40 AM
  17. Hirox K's Avatar
    I use Nexus and have had no desire to use any 3rd party launchers till recently, I tried the MSLauncher. I've manage to port my habit to the new one and there's one killer feature... it allows you to backup & restore your settings & layouts.
    I wish MS can do the same with their start screen on win10.
    11-21-2017 10:48 AM
  18. emmanuel moyana's Avatar
    I hope Microsoft moves beyond launchers and make an actual android phone
    11-21-2017 11:17 AM
  19. Wolfjt's Avatar
    I hope Microsoft moves beyond launchers and make an actual android phone
    Why? What would they have to offer that all the other manufacturers aren't?
    11-21-2017 02:02 PM
  20. extrikate's Avatar
    The Microsoft Launcher was definitely better than the Samsung TouchWiz launcher that came on my S8. If you still want an Android like experience, then it is a solid choice.

    I missed the Windows Phone interface so I ditched Microsoft Launcher. First I went with Square Home 2 which is pretty good. I didn't care for the way it handled the app list and the tile sizing was a pain. I am now using Launcher 10 which is pretty darn close to an authentic Windows Phone experience. It even has some Live Tile support and I hope more will follow. IMHO, MS should buy and develop Launcher 10 for a real Windows on Android experience.
    11-21-2017 03:50 PM
  21. Guytronic's Avatar
    I hope Microsoft moves beyond launchers and make an actual android phone
    Doubt MS would have any success there when other long time makers in the Android arena aren't seeing tremendous upticks in new phone sales.
    At least Microsoft thought partnering with Samsung would be a good way to showcase MS apps and services.
    People actually buy Samsung Android phones.
    11-21-2017 04:39 PM
  22. Ira Seigel's Avatar
    I like the Microsoft Launcher, but it's missing some important features. For example, the Squarehome2 launcher shows you in a flashing tile that you have a SMS message, and the number of unread SMS messages. The Microsoft Launcher has a static tile that doesn't show anything. Also, the Squarehome2 launcher provides a much more "Windows Phone-like" experience. And the developer seems to be issuing updates every few days. And he was very responsive to my own problem in version 1.4.1 (I think he's now at 1.4.5)

    On a subject other than launchers: I think I'm using the Microsoft Contacts for all my contacts, but I'm not sure there's a way to tell. But my question is, is there a way to go to a particular point in the alphabet to search for a name, like you can in Windows and WindowsPhone? Or do you manually have to scroll through screen upon screen to get to what you want?
    11-22-2017 06:17 PM
  23. cptlo306's Avatar
    Agreed. SquareHome2 is awesome. It's the best 'Windows 10' like launcher out there in my opinion.
    12-02-2017 03:05 PM
  24. emmanuel moyana's Avatar
    There is not much to be achieved from launchers as compared to making a phone with their own android skin. The launcher field is crowded already with mostly smaller players.
    12-24-2017 11:37 AM
  25. mark233's Avatar
    Keeping it somewhat simple using the Microsoft Launcher.

    ...and the expanded dock.
    12-24-2017 01:20 PM
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