Microsoft to bring Windows Word Flow keyboard to iPhone

By Staff Writer

Jan 18, 2016 05:26 AM EST

Microsoft is planning to bring its Windows Phone keyboard Word Flow to iPhone's iOS. The giant tech company also looks to bringing their technology to other platforms. 

The Verge reported that Microsoft is currently reaching out to iPhone users to try the beta version of the Word Flow keyboard. There is no news, however, on when the feature will be officially released to the public for the iOS platform.

9 to 5 Mac posted Microsoft's recruitment letter for beta users, which says, "Word Flow keyboard has long been one of the highly praised features on Windows Phone and was used to break the Guinness World Record for fastest texting. We are now working on extending to other platforms, starting with iOS."

According to Engadget, the Word Flow keyboard is one of the favourite features of mos Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobil users. The website wrote that it wouldn't come as a surprise if Microsoft would release a Word Flow keyboard version for Android devices. Along with Cortana and other cross-platform Microsoft apps, users don't have to withdraw from their Windows devices.

The Windows Phone version of the software provides users with features such as gestures, suggestions, autocorrect, and the Swype-like capability to swipe letters to type words. It will work as a third-party keyboard for iPhone, which means users of the Apple devices don't have to ditch their gadgets for a Lumia.

Word Flow, like Swype, allows users to trace their fingers across letters to provide word suggestions, which allows for quicker typing. This technology also supports traditional typing. It even recommends emoji characters when users will type in "dog" the dog emoji will show up.

Apple first supported third-party keyboards for its iPhone and iPad in 2014, when it released the iOS 8. However, users started a thread on Reddit saying that the compatibility has some glitches and bugs when used in certain apps.

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