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Microsoft announces family features across devices

Microsoft at Build 2018 gave us a teaser of their latest Android and iOS effort with their widely appreciated Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft Edge app. Well, that was just a brief introduction of features that are coming to Microsoft launcher and  Edge browser. The Redmond Giant is finally unveiling some of the important features that will be of great help to parents in checking their kids’ activities on Android smartphones.

Microsoft Launcher for Android will play a key role
Microsoft Launcher is perhaps one of the most loved applications besides apps like Outlook and Onenote. In order to have better control of your kids android devices all you need is Microsoft Launcher and a Microsoft family group of accounts set up. The company have two important new features that are currently in beta.

  • Stay up to date on kids whereabouts
    With technology becoming so pervasive, tech companies’ responsibility
    towards society in building a better world is not much of a demand. You can use Microsoft Launcher to get an update on your kids’ location and rest easier knowing they are safe where they should be. You can now see your child’s(or children’s) location and time.
  • Beware of which apps your kids are using
    Check in your kids’ app activity on their Android device, including which apps are accessed and time spent on each app. With Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC set up in your family portal, you can also view their activities on those devices through Microsoft Launcher.
  • Site blocking in Microsoft Edge for Android
    If you have set up a Microsoft family group, any website you have already tagged as allowed or blocked for your kid(s) will carry the same settings as they try to access websites in Microsoft Edge on their Android devices.
  • MSN kids brings curated, kid-friendly news to the web
    The site offers editorially curated, age-appropriate news and features from partner publishers such as Time for kids, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, and USA TODAY. Check out the preview here.

There are also features that will ease Family experiences across devices and platforms. They include:

  • Safer online spending with Ask a parent
  • Shared family notebook in Onenote
  • Family safety settings in Windows 10 and Xbox One

With the burgeoning usage of data and ubiquitous computing, it is just unfair and hard to resist kids not to let them consume technology. It is just endearing to see Microsoft up with features that can be of great help for both the kids and the parents.

 

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