Microsoft Apps – An app to find apps?

Microsoft-Apps“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

Oh, wait… wrong story.

Apparently, someone at Microsoft decided that the best way to find all of Microsofts apps wasn’t searching the Play Store for Microsoft, but rather by installing another app. Called Microsoft Apps, the app does nothing more than provide a list of all the apps on the Play Store published by the software giant. Oddly enough, the search feature is completely missing in this new app and you’re left to scroll through the rather long list of applications to find the desired product.

It is, of course, getting mixed reviews in the Play Store:


I personally tend to agree with the second opinion. Honestly, if I know I want a specific app, say Word, how is this any more functional than typing in “Microsoft Word”? The search feature returns the queried app at the top of the list.  My opinion of this app is similar to my opinion of the nag screen to upgrade to Windows 10. It’s nothing more than a new way to inundate us with more unnecessary garbage, a marketing ploy – and a bad one at that.

What are your thoughts?

Useful or Useless?