The new feature was announced as part of a Microsoft event which focussed on features related to children. Other features include the feature to block certain sites on Microsoft Edge on Android and also a news site dedicated to the kids. As of now Microsoft’s Family Group settings already allowed the parents to set certain restrictions for the kids and also track their activity on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices.
Now Microsoft has bundled the new tracking tool with the Android Launcher. The feature works by fetching the latest location of your kids within the personalized news feed. In order for this to work you need to set a family group after installing the Microsoft Launcher on your Android. As explained earlier parents will also be able to view the recent activities across all devices including Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
It is impressive how Microsoft is diluting the boundaries between platforms and is slowly turning itself into a company that is platform agnostic. Apart from the slew of apps for Android and iOS now Microsoft is also offering a site blocking feature on Microsoft Edge. With this in place, the Microsoft Launcher will shape up as a hub to track your kids activity across all devices.
In the recent past GPS devices to track your kids have not only been accessible but affordable as well. That being said, child rights and privacy campaigners are worried that this will hinder the kid’s growth and will not allow them to be independent. If such trackers become mainstream the mankind will run the risk of having an entire generation that is raised on the idea of accepting surveillance.