The Android apps on offer from Microsoft are some of the best around. That’s true both for its productivity apps such as OneDrive and its more personalization- and search-focused apps such as Bing. But Bing Search and OneDrive are getting even better now, reports indicate, thanks to a new update from Microsoft bringing significant UI changes.
What’s changing with Microsoft Bing and OneDrive in this update?
Now, the redesign of Bing Search, in particular, focuses on the visual. The app has a brand new home screen that provides faster, easier access to Bing features. And it also allows better access to specific topics. But the biggest change is how that’s all organized, with Microsoft giving its search app a modern aesthetic that’s in keeping with its top competitors.
Microsoft OneDrive is undergoing a similar transformation to Bing visually with this update, making the already top-rated cloud app even better. The interface has cleaner lines and a flatter overall appearance. But its bigger changes are related to functionality, unlike Bing’s.
For starters, Microsoft OneDrive is now Chromecast compatible. So users can now push their documents and media — such as photos or videos — to a larger screen simply by tapping the Chromecast icon. That icon, of course, is the same as found in other apps and, as in those apps, located at the top of the UI in the title bar.
Another major change is that there is now a Recent view in the Home tab in Microsoft OneDrive for Android. As might be expected, that takes users to the most recent files that they’ve used or interacted with.
These are both free apps and the changes have already started rolling out
Both Microsoft OneDrive and Bing Search, are, of course, free to download and use. And they’re some of the best apps around, in their respective categories. So users who are interested in checking out the changes will want to head over to the Google Play Store. As will long-time users, since the updates should be rolled out widely as of this writing.