Windows and Android working together

Sounds good, does not work? Wrong! It does. With the Microsoft Launcher for Android and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Prerequisits

To get that working, you need to have Windows 10 Fall Creators Update installed on your PC and the Microsoft Launcher on your Android Phone. The Preview of the Microsoft Launcher was released about a week ago and also the Windows 10 Creators Update got released. You need to be part of the Windows Insider Program to get access to the preview releases. But if you are not part of the Insider Program or don’t dare to install a preview release, you might not have to wait long for the final release of the Microsoft Launcher.

For personal use of the features a personal Office 365 account (outlook.com) is required. You can register an account for free. If you’re using your Android phone for work, you need an Office 365 work or school account.

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One of the best features of the Microsoft Launcher is the additional homescreen. Depending on the account you use and your settings, this feed gives you a huge amount of information.

 

It can show:

  • recent activities whi files, pictures taken with the camera, and e-mails
  • the most used contacts and apps
  • your schedule for the day
  • news (based on selected topics)
  • weather information
  • a To Do section for tasks, which can be synced with Wunderlist, but not with Microsoft ToDo (why?)
  • a notes section

 

But how do they work together?

After installing both updates, you can find a new section “Phone” in the settings of your Windows 10 device. There you can connect android phones.

After connecting your Android phone with your Windows 10 device, you can see the “continue on pc” button in the recent activity section of the Microsoft Launcher homescreen. Clicking that for a file starts uploading the file to OneDrive and opens the web browser on your Windows 10 computer. From here you can go on and proceed working on the file on your Windows 10.

Conclusion

I very much like the design of the Launcher and can’t wait for my employer to completely move to Office 365 so I can use all of the features. But Microsoft got some great and very innovative ideas.