Microsoft’s One-Handed Word Flow Keyboard is Now Available for iOS

The iPhone version gets additional characteristics comparing to the initial one.

Microsoft has announced that its top-notch Windows Phone keyboard will now get an iOS version and will be available for iPhone. Microsoft’s Word Flow enables intelligent typing as it can predict words for sentences. You can tap or swipe to spell things out, and Word Flow will try to somehow read your mind and predict what you’re trying to type and auto-correct mistakes.

The more you use the keyboard, the more it learns and gets better at predicting text over time. The app was developed by Microsoft’s in-house experimental projects division, Garage, and is now available for purchase only in the U.S. App Store – Europe must have to wait.

iPhone version of Word Flow differs from the initial Windows Phone one as it has some additional characteristics.  It can impress with one-handed mode that allows to swipe or tap out words by moving the keyboard to the side in an arc shape. The innovation will be especially approved by owners of the larger iPhone 6S Plus. Using iPhone Word Flow you will also be able to customize the keyboard background with an image of your choice or one of the images that comes with the keyboard. It will also check your phone contacts in order to predict names faster.

Word Flow is only one of the keyboard offerings of Microsoft. The Garage department has also developed a keyboard app, called Hub. Techcrunch underlines that this keyboard app focuses on multitasking and productivity for Office 365 users as it enables them to quickly access and share documents from other Microsoft services such as OneDrive and SharePoint.

Microsoft has been working with different Android and iOS keyboards recently. Besides, it hasn’t been long since the company acquired Swiftkey for $250 million. Swiftkey’s flagship mobile app,

SwiftKey Keyboard for Android and iPhone, enables users to spend less time correcting mistakes. It has calculated that its customers have already saved nearly two trillion keystrokes and more than 23,000 years in combined typing time.

Microsoft will integrate SwiftKey’s technology into its existing Word Flow tech and explore “scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio.” Perhaps it means that we can expect more additional keyboards for iOS and Android in the nearest future.

The activity of Microsoft in the keyboard development may be explained by the fact that Apple not only blocked developers from offering system-wide keyboards on iOS, but at the same time didn’t develop more advanced features to the native iPhone keyboard itself thus giving a green light for others to exploit.

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