Gain access to the full profile of Microsoft applications available for Android across varied categories
Program available in: English
Program license: Free
Program by: Microsoft Corporation
The Microsoft Apps Android app from Microsoft Corporation is the best way to manage all of the Microsoft apps on your Android Device. If you use Microsoft Apps (anything like Skype, Swiftkey, Office, Xbox, Wunderlist and many more), you should install Microsoft Apps to keep track of and manage them. It's also a great way to discover Microsoft apps you may not have heard of before.
Microsoft Apps provides a convenient interface that lets you keep track of where you can download your apps and when they need to be updated. It provides direct access to the Google Play Store page for a given app. As of the 3.0.0 update, Microsoft Apps also lets you move seamlessly between your Android device and your PC if you're enrolled in the Windows Insiders Program.
This app takes up less than 12 MB on your phone and works on any Android device with Android OS version 4.4 (KitKat) and up. If you have trouble keeping track of the Microsoft apps on your Android phone or if you're a Windows Insider, Microsoft Apps is a useful and convenient tool you should add to your app library immediately. Personally I only use Skype, but I love being notifies about when it needs to update.
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Permissions required by Microsoft Apps
- ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
- BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices.
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
- READ_SMS: Allows an application to read SMS messages.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- REQUEST_IGNORE_BATTERY_OPTIMIZATIONS: Permission an application must hold in order to use ACTION_REQUEST_IGNORE_BATTERY_OPTIMIZATIONS. This is a normal permission: an app requesting it will always be granted the permission, without the user needing to approve or see it.
- REQUEST_INSTALL_PACKAGES: Allows an application to request installing packages. Apps targeting APIs greater than 22 must hold this permission in order to use ACTION_INSTALL_PACKAGE.
- SEND_SMS: Allows an application to send SMS messages.
- SET_ALARM: Allows an application to broadcast an Intent to set an alarm for the user.
- SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.