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Tip: Use Microsoft Apps and Services on Android

Paul Thurrott's tip of the week from Windows Weekly 509 is about customizing an Android phone with Microsoft services and software. First of all, you can use the apps that Microsoft provides in the Google Play store, such as Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, and more. But there are many more ways to add Microsoft functionality to Android.

You can replace the home screen with Microsoft's Arrow launcher. Google Assistant can be replaced with Cortana, so you can just long press the home button for quick access. The only drawback to this is "Hey Cortana," which only works within the Cortana app. Microsoft makes a keyboard called SwiftKey that you can use instead of the default Android keyboard. There are also many widgets from Microsoft that resemble Live Tiles that you can add for easy access to apps. 

Find out more about how you can use Microsoft products on Android at thurrott.com.

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