A list of all Microsoft Apps in Beta for Android


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A list of all Microsoft Apps in Beta for Android

This is the second beta apps collection I would like to share after Google Beta Apps Collection

Microsoft has a huge list of Android apps and mostly all of them are available for beta testing. Besides that, Microsoft has a different beta management strategy and they use Google Plus communities a lot. As an additional plus - they update their changelogs frequently and you can always see what you are actually beta testing. Additionally, you can always identify a beta product by the "Preview" ⚡️prefix.

A complete list of all Microsoft apps in beta for Android

SwiftKey Beta Microsoft Edge Preview Microsoft Flow Beta Microsoft Insiders Miscrosoft Launcher Beta Office Insider for Android Office Lens Android Preview OneNote for Android Beta Program Skype Lite Beta Skype Preview Beta Microsoft Translator Beta Windows Dev Center Beta MSN News Beta Cortana Preview Beta One Drive Preview HERE Maps Beta LinkenIn Beta Microsoft TO-DO Beta

Swiftkey Beta

SwiftKey Beta
App Description from Google Play > Welcome to the SwiftKey beta program - here you can test early performance updates, new unreleased features, customizations, and special themes. Thanks for helping us make SwiftKey the best it can be! The SwiftKey beta app for Android will not replace the regular …

SwiftKey keyboard is a very popular keyboard which was one of the first swipe keyboards ⌨️. If I am not mistaken, it was bought by Microsoft in 2016 for 250k. It was one of the first Android apps bought by Microsoft. At this time it already had smart words predictions feature and a huge user base. From the beta testing perspective, SwiftKey app had a Google group for beta testers and good community management culture at that moment already. At some point, they released a standalone beta version of SwiftKey app. From this moment, Android users are able to install two SwiftKey apps (Stable and Beta) at the same time.

App description:

Welcome to the SwiftKey beta program - here you can test early performance updates, new unreleased features, customizations, and special themes. Thanks for helping us make SwiftKey the best it can be! The SwiftKey beta app for Android will not replace the regular SwiftKey app on your phone but will be downloaded as a second app so you can switch between the two for comparison.

Microsoft Launcher Beta (former Arrow Launcher)

Microsoft Launcher Beta
App Description from Google Play > Microsoft Launcher provides a new home screen experience that allows you to seamlessly transition between your Android phone and your PC. Microsoft Launcher makes it easy to continue viewing photos or documents on your PC, empowering you to be more productive acros…

Arrow launcher was originally developed by the team from Beijing in China. This team is also famous as a developer of the Next lock screen app. Not sure about details but they joined a Garage project from Microsoft in 2017. You can find more details on their Garage Profile. Arrow launcher was renamed to the Microsoft launcher and they started adding integration with Microsoft ecosystem after that. It brought features like Cortana integration, Onedrive sync and others to the app. Arrow launcher had a big beta testing community in Google+ since the beginning. This community is still working and growing. You can always find recent changelogs there and share your feedback.

App description:

With Microsoft Launcher (formerly known as Arrow Launcher), you can personalize your Android device to match your style with wallpapers, theme colors, icon packs and more. With a Microsoft account or work/school account, you can access your calendar, documents, and recent activities in your personalized feed. You can even open photos, docs and web pages on your Windows PC* to be productive across all your devices.

LinkedIn Beta

LinkedIn Beta
The one place for hunters with access to unlimited amounts of local and remote jobs. Post your CVs, and apply for jobs without attending meetings and whatnot. Befriend your colleagues and build up your own professional network. Be informed on what’s going by reading news articles, or write your own.…

LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in 2016. As far as I know, the beta release channel was opened later in 2017. This app just has a normal public beta in Google Play. Nothing special here.

App description:

Connect to opportunity and tap into your professional potential with the LinkedIn app. The app makes it easier to discover, connect and nurture relationships with people that matter, search and apply for jobs, and get updates on topics and companies that make a difference all on the go. This online social network is a great place connect and stay in touch with your professional relationships.

Skype Beta and Skype Light Beta

Skype Preview Beta
Skype is the ultimate voice and video calling service from Microsoft. The Preview builds of Skype ship with dozens of new feature additions and enhancements, ahead of their official launch, and you have the option to provide feedback directly from inside the app. App Description from Google Play > …

Skype was bought in early 2011. At the moment when they released an Android version, Skype was already one of core parts of Microsoft ecosystem. Skype for Android has two versions - Normal client and Lite version. Skype light was called Skype Mingo in the early days. Both of them have a standard beta release channel in Google Play.

Skype Preview Description:

By downloading Skype Preview, you’ll gain early access to our newest — and coolest — features. Of course, while you’re having fun, know that this is a work in progress, so we’ll be hoping to get your vital feedback as we add new enhancements and features. Simply click the heart icon on the main screen and you will be able to send your comments to our team, helping us shape the future of Skype.

Skype Light Beta Description:

Skype Lite is the new Skype built for India to meet your daily messaging and video communication needs. It is small, fast, and capable. It lets you send free text messages and make voice & video calls even under limited network conditions. Skype Lite will always help you stay connected with your friends and family.

Cortana Preview

[Update] Cortana preview is no longer available on Android.

Cortana is a voice assistance for Windows. It was released as a Preview app at the beginning. In 2017 it was integrated to the Microsoft launcher (former Arrow). As an app, it has a standard beta release channel in Google Play.

App description:

Bring your smart digital assistant to your phone to help keep track of the important stuff wherever you are, across your devices. Microsoft Cortana is your free smart digital assistant. She can support you by giving you reminders, keeping your notes and lists, taking care of tasks and helping manage your calendar.

Office Preview and Office Lens Preview

Microsoft Office Beta
App Description from Google Play > Introducing the new Office app, designed to be your go-to productivity app on a phone. This new app combines the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps you know and rely on, with new capabilities that harness the unique strengths of mobile devices to create a simpler, y…
Microsoft Excel Beta
App Description from Google Play > The Excel spreadsheet app lets you create, view, edit, and share your files with others quickly and easily. Create spreadsheets, data analyses, charts, budgets and more while you view and edit workbooks attached to email messages. Edit documents for data analysis,…
Microsoft Word Beta
App Description from Google Play > Read and edit documents attached to emails, collaborate with your team and bring the Microsoft Office features wherever you go with Microsoft Word. The Word app from Microsoft lets you create, read, edit, and share your files quickly and easily. Word introduces a …
Microsoft PowerPoint Beta
App Description from Google Play > The PowerPoint app gives you access to the familiar tool you already know. Present, create, edit, view or share presentations quickly and easily from anywhere. Create slideshows with anyone and present to anyone, anywhere, with confidence. With PowerPoint, your Off…
Microsoft Office Lens Beta
App Description from Google Play > Named one of the “Best Apps of 2015” in the U.S. and Puerto Rico by Google Play! Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote…

This is a collection of 3 apps - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint + Lens App as an addition. Each of them is available for beta testing and all of them are using the same beta testing community in Google+. In addition, there is also an Office Lens Preview app which allows you to scan your documents and recognize the text.

Excel Preview Description:

The familiar Excel spreadsheet app lets you create, view, edit and share your files with others quickly and easily. It also lets you view and edit workbooks attached to email messages. Work with anyone, anywhere with confidence. With Excel, your Office moves with you.

Word Preview Description:

Microsoft Word for Android is made for work on-the-go. Word has the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with an intuitive touch experience designed for Android phones and tablets. Whether you want to create a beautiful document or just need to read and make quick edits on-the-go, Word gives you the best productivity experience you want. Work with confidence knowing that we save your changes automatically and you won’t lose any formatting or data as you move across devices. You’ll have easy access to your documents in the cloud whenever you need them.

PowerPoint Preview Description:

Microsoft PowerPoint for Android is made for work on-the-go. PowerPoint has the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with an intuitive touch experience designed for Android phones and tablets. Whether you want to create a beautiful presentation from scratch or just need to read and make quick edits on-the-go, PowerPoint gives you the best productivity experience you want. Work with confidence knowing that we save your changes automatically and you won’t lose any formatting or charts as you move across devices. You’ll have easy access to your presentations in the cloud whenever you need them.

Office Lens Preview Description:

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote,  OneDrive, or your local device.

HERE Maps Beta

Technically, this app shouldn't be a part of this list. This app was sold by Nokia in 2015 to the Automaker's consortium. At the same time, Microsoft had a deal with Here in order to be able to use Here maps data in their products. In addition, Here maps was an official maps provider for Windows phones. In fact, Here maps is a separate company and it is not a part of Microsoft. Windows phone is no longer supported and in the current Microsoft ecosystem for Android, Here Maps stays in the same maps provider spot.

App description:

Getting around town is easier and more personal with HERE WeGo. Use offline maps to navigate without an internet connection. Get directions and other info you need to go from A to B your way, including transit ticket and carsharing prices, departure times and more.

Other Microsoft Apps

Microsoft Edge Preview

Microsoft Edge Beta
App Description from Google Play > Introducing the new Microsoft Edge . It’s time to expect more. More privacy. More control. More productivity. More value. Browse anywhere with one continuous experience from your phone to your computer and other signed-in devices. Microsoft Edge gives you the tools…

App description:

Microsoft Edge, now available on Android, creates one continuous browsing experience for Windows 10 users across their devices. Content and data sync seamlessly in the background, so users can browse across devices, without skipping a beat. Familiar Microsoft Edge features like the Hub allow users to organize the web in a way that cuts through the clutter, making it easier to find, view and manage their content on-the-go. Microsoft Edge is designed for Windows 10 users to browse the web how they need to, wherever they are, without disrupting their flow.

Microsoft Flow Beta

App description:

Carry the full power of Microsoft Flow in your pocket. Boost your team's productivity with Microsoft's best-in-business workflow automation service.

OneNote for Android Beta Program

Microsoft OneNote Beta
App Description from Google Play > Organize your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas and simplify planning important moments in your life with your digital notepad. Microsoft OneNote lets you take notes on your phone and sync them across all your devices. With OneNote, you can plan a big event, seize …

App description:

Type, handwrite, draw, and clip things from the web to get down your thoughts into your notebook. Use OneNote's flexible canvas to place content anywhere you want. You can even scan handwritten notes or pages straight into OneNote then make them searchable.

Microsoft Translator Beta

Microsoft Translator Beta
App Description from Google Play > Microsoft Translator is a free, personal translation app for 60+ languages, to translate text, voice, conversations, camera photos and screenshots. You can also download languages for offline translation for free to use when you travel. • Text translation into ove…

App description:

Microsoft Translator is a free, personal translation app for 60+ languages, to translate text, voice, conversations, camera photos, and screenshots. You can even download languages for offline translation for free to use when you travel!

Windows Dev Center Beta

[Update] Windows Dev Center app is no longer available on Google Play.

App description:

The Windows Dev Center app lets you quickly view details about the health and performance of your Windows Store apps on your Android smartphone.

MSN News Beta

Microsoft News Beta
App Description from Google Play > Microsoft News delivers breaking news and trusted, in-depth reporting from the world’s best journalists. - Our editors curate the most trusted, important, interesting and trending news - You choose which topics matter most to you. - Microsoft News updates you with…

App description:

Read the day’s top stories and breaking news from the industry’s best sources, hand-picked by our editors. Plus, easily stay updated on any topic that you care about, from global events to your local news.

One Drive Preview

Microsoft OneDrive Beta
App Description from Google Play > Microsoft OneDrive keeps your photos and files backed up, protected, synced, and​ accessible on all your devices. This OneDrive app lets you view and share OneDrive files, documents, and photos with friends and family. Plus, you can use the app to automatically bac…

App description:

Do more wherever you go with Microsoft OneDrive. Get to and share your documents, photos, and other files from your Android device, computer (PC or Mac), and any other devices you use. Use the Office mobile apps to stay productive and work together, no matter where you are. The OneDrive app for Android lets you easily work with your personal and work files when you’re on the go.

Microsoft TO-DO Beta

Microsoft To Do Beta
App Description from Google Play > Microsoft To Do is a task management app to help you stay organized and manage your day-to-day. You can use Microsoft To Do to make shopping lists or task lists, take notes, record collections, plan an event, or set reminders to increase your productivity and focus…

App description:

Microsoft To-Do is a simple and intelligent to-do list that makes it easy to plan your day. Whether it's for work, school or home, To-Do will help you increase your productivity and decrease your stress levels. It combines intelligent technology and beautiful design to empower you to create a simple daily workflow. Organize your day with To-Do's smart Suggestions and complete the most important tasks or chores you need to get done, every day. To-Do syncs between your phone and computer, so you can access your to-dos from school, the office, or the grocery store or even while you're traveling around the world.

Closing Words

If you are a heavy Windows user, these apps are definitely worth trying. If not, you still might be interested in trying a new ecosystem. With an addition of Microsoft Launcher, you now can experience the whole set of all necessary apps on your Android phone. Nothing else to add here, just give it a try and Happy Testing! ⚡️

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