Microsoft is formally buying SwiftKey
The rumors have been true. Keyboard app developer SwiftKey has been swooped up by Microsoft for an undisclosed charge. The corporate stresses its apps will “proceed to be out there on Android and iOS,” though as we have seen with Microsoft’s different acquisitions — specifically Acompli — there is a good probability it’s going to ultimately be rebranded or folded into one other service. For example, Microsoft’s says it’s going to be exploring “integration of the core know-how throughout the breadth of our product and providers portfolio.” Meaning it is within the underlying smarts — the predictive phrase ideas and drag-to-sort interface — in addition to the app itself.
Microsoft is not hiding this reality. In a weblog submit Harry Shum, government vice chairman for know-how and analysis, confirms that SwiftKey’s know-how will ultimately be built-in with Microsoft’s Phrase Stream keyboard. Yep, the identical keyboard that gained a Guinness World Report for velocity typing (it was later damaged by Fleksy.) The acquisition is, subsequently, one other transfer by Microsoft to ensure it has aggressive productiveness apps on cellular. Together with Dawn, Accompli and Wunderlist, it is gathered a strong set of instruments to go with Workplace. They’re additionally cross-platform, which is notable as Microsoft additional embraces Android and iOS.