On Monday, Microsoft introduced a new lock screen app on to Google Play called Picturesque. Yet another sign that Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella is a proudly cross-platform company, Picturesque isn’t Microsoft’s first Android-exclusive app. It’s not even Microsoft’s first Android lock screen app — that honor goes to Next Lock Screen, released last fall.
Picturesque was developed in Microsoft’s Garage program, started in 2010 as an outlet for certain Microsoft employees to “explore ideas they might normally tinker with in their nights and weekends.” Apparently, Microsoft Garage employees would like to write Android apps in their spare time.
The app is cross-platform within limits because it heavily relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine, as opposed to Google Search. Picturesque takes advantage of the big splash images on Bing’s front page and plops them onto your Android phone’s lock screen. The launcher also throws a Bing search bar at the top that can…
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