Microsoft’s Word Flow Keyboard Comes to iOS

Until voice-to-text texting is perfected, Microsoft is hoping that iOS users will be content with one-handed texting. The company has released a new keyboard as an iOS app that not only enables one-handed texting but also provides the ability to predict the next words users want to write.

The Word Flow app was developed by Garage, Microsoft?EU?s in-house experimental projects division, and is now available in Apple?EU?s App Store for users in the U.S. It was made available for beta sign-ups earlier this month.

Word Flow was originally developed for Microsoft?EU?s Windows Phone platform and is also available for desktop users via the Windows 10 operating system. It comes on the heels of the Hub keyboard, another recent offering from the Garage division. The Hub keyboard, which is available now for iOS devices, acts as more of a multitasking and productivity tool, letting Office 365 users share and search for documents from OneDrive, SharePoint and other Microsoft services.

Game Changer?

The Word Flow app differs by promising users faster texting thanks to the ability to swipe input instead of typing it. The app?EU?s one-handed typing mode is displayed by way of an arc-shaped keyboard, allowing users to employ only their thumbs to type as they hold their devices. Users can customize Word Flow?EU?s background with one of the images included in the app, or use an image of their own. Microsoft plans to add more images, including arc-shaped images to fit with the keyboard?EU?s design.

Independent technology analyst Jeff Kagan told us that if Word Flow is successful, it could be a game changer for mobile device owners. "Users love the iPhone, but hate it being so large they now need to use two hands to do anything," said Kagan. "Texting used to be so easy, then devices enlarged, making texting a two-hand...

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