Microsoft announced that it has acquired SwiftKey technologies for ultimate integration into later Android and iOS devices in a manner that would revolutionize productivity and personal computing experiences.
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This was made known by Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research at Microsoft, stating that SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK technology powers over 300 million Android and iOS devices in the market today.
“In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud,” Shum wrote as a blog post.
To this end, Microsoft will also be acquiring the team behind SwiftKey and integrating them into the Microsoft family of employees. “We believe that together we can achieve orders of magnitude greater scale than either of us could have achieved independently,” Shum said.
The ultimate aim of Microsoft for acquiring SwiftKey is to bring its technology and software into all its products and services – largely because SwiftKey’s predictive technology aligns with Microsoft’s ambition to develop intelligent systems that work on behalf of users while still remaining under their control.
SwiftKey was founded by Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, who both expressed satisfaction with the acquisition and look forward to the best of times with Microsoft.
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Microsoft’s Word Flow technology for Windows has already won a mention in the Guinness World Record, and it might later be integrated with SwiftKey to further position its functionalities in Microsoft’s products and platforms that will soon enter the market.