Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard app to iPhone
Microsoft immediately launched its first standalone keyboard software for iOS customers. No, it’s not the rumored model of its Home windows Telephone keyboard that’s being ported to the iPhone – it’s an iOS model of the Microsoft Hub keyboard, which hit Android this February. Just like the prior launch, the iOS Hub keyboard permits you to shortly share Workplace paperwork and people saved within the cloud, share contacts, and entry your clipboard.
Sure, it’s a very Microsoft keyboard. However that’s the purpose, in fact.
The undertaking is considered one of many purposes to emerge from Microsoft’s inner incubator, Microsoft Storage, and is aimed toward those that principally stay within the Microsoft universe. This will likely make extra sense on the iPhone, nevertheless, provided that iOS has a stronger precense within the enterprise than Android. It may be helpful to college students who’ve an iPhone.
Nevertheless, the iOS model of the Hub keyboard doesn’t have fairly the identical function set as on Android, doubtless on account of platform restrictions. For instance, as an alternative of providing up an inventory of all of your beforehand copied textual content gadgets, the iOS keyboard solely exhibits you your most lately copied textual content. You’ll be able to then press a button to stick it into your doc, e-mail, or chat.
As well as, it allows you to seize and share the URLs for Workplace 365 paperwork saved in OneDrive and SharePoint, and it enables you to share contact info that’s saved in Workplace 365 or saved in your telephone. The interpretation function – which translate what you’re writing into one other language – seems to be lacking at launch, nevertheless.
The options require that you simply login utilizing your Workplace 365 account info, with a view to entry the knowledge saved within the cloud. You are able to do this from the Settings part, the place you may also modify different preferences like enabling or disabling auto-full or sounds.
The keyboard itself was dreamed up by senior designer on the Workplace staff, Steve Gained, who was annoyed with having to modify between apps on his smartphone to carry out sure duties. The thought was to take some widespread features, like grabbing contact info or a hyperlink to a file being mentioned, and make these accessible proper from the keyboard itself.
Work on the undertaking started in earnest at Microsoft’s inner //oneweek Hackathon in 2015. It then ended up being a group of seven, and obtained funded for additional improvement.
On the time of its launch on Android, no point out was made about porting the appliance to different platforms, nevertheless.