Microsoft's Android Launcher Connects to Office 365
The updated Arrow launcher app provides users with faster access to Office content and helps stretch battery life.Arrow, Microsoft's smart launcher app for Android smartphones, now features a Documents screen that offers users near-immediate access to users' Office content. "You no longer need to email important documents to yourself to be accessible on the go," commented Daniel Chu, a Microsoft Office Experience team leader, in a June 30 blog post. After users sign into their Office 365 accounts, Arrow's new Documents screen allows them to view, edit and share their Word files, Excel spreadsheets and other Office documents stored on the cloud. Office integrations are not new to Microsoft's mobile app efforts. In February, the company released Hub Keyboard for Android from its experimental app hub dubbed Microsoft Garage. Hub Keyboard adds a clipboard, language translation, access to cloud-based Office 365 content, along with document search and sharing to an on-screen keyboard. A year ago, Microsoft closed a major gap in its Office mobile app portfolio by finally porting its Office apps to Android smartphones. Available on Android tablets for several months prior, in May 2015 the software giant released versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that were tailored to the comparatively smaller screens on Android smartphones. "The Office apps combine the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with a touch-friendly experience designed for Android phones," said Jared Spataro, general manager of Microsoft Office 365 marketing, at the time.
Arrow, which also hails from Microsoft Garage, has proved popular among users of Google's mobile operating system. Currently carrying a 4.3-point rating (out of five stars), Arrow has been installed between 1 million and 5 million times, according to the app's listing in the Google Play store.