October 06, 2017
Microsoft announced that its Edge browser, the successor to the much — and often justly — maligned Internet Explorer that Windows houses, will soon come to iOS and Android and the company is also graduating its Arrow Launcher for Android and renaming it to Microsoft Launcher.
This has fit perfectly into Microsoft’s plans of foraging into mobile services. While the company is working on a mobile version of the Windows 10, it has all but given up on its own mobile ecosystem ambitions and instead has brought its applications across ecosystems to the likes of Android and iOS.
“We are excited to continue the work we announced at Build to make Windows 10 PCs work great with your phone. Microsoft Edge for iOS is available starting today in preview, with Microsoft Edge for Android available soon in preview,” said Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows and Devices at Microsoft. “And, Microsoft Launcher is available starting today in preview as well. Continue on PC functionality in both apps comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.”
While Microsoft doesn’t play in the mobile arena anymore, it is still important for them to have a presence and the newly released Edge and the Microsoft Launcher are both key to this strategy because they’ll help the company extend the Microsoft Graph even further. Microsoft Graph is the company’s cross platform system for allowing you to sync the state of your work and documents across devices and the company sees it as key to the future of Windows.