Microsoft has released a word predicting keyboard to the iOS Apple Store and it will be sure to become one of the most popular apps to come out this year. The Word Flow app was developed by Microsoft's experimental projects division, Garage, and it is (for now) only available in Europe.
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The Word Flow app is so anticipated because it offers the promise of faster texting via swipe - something Android has had for quite some time. It also offers up a one-handed typing mode which puts the keyboard as an arc in order to allow typing via only the thumb. Users area also able to customize the look and feel of the Word Flow keyboard, according to Mashable.
Keyboard tech is something that Microsoft has been excelling in for the last few years, and it has largely made a name for itself in the arena. Apple initially resisted the movement and blocked developers from offering this type of keyboard system within the Apple Store, but soon changed its mind because Apple users were demanding it.
The movement started when Microsoft shelled out $250 million to take on London-based keyboard maker SwiftKey. They worked together, integrating SwiftKey into what Microsoft had already been working on in order to get the best possible app.
They also started to explore "scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio.
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For now, Word Flow Keyboard is the only app like this within the App Store. However, it is likely that a bunch of mock and copycat apps will pop up in the coming days.