Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey Keyboard
Microsoft announced today that they are acquiring the popular AI keyboard that learns from your typing habits. SwiftKey is one of the most popular 3rd party keyboard apps used on Android due to it’s ease of use and speed of typing once the app has learned from your typing habits.
Microsoft intends to integrate the technology acquired from SwiftKey with their own Word Flow technology but it remains to be seen what the product will deliver. SwiftKey founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock state that the commitment to SwiftKey users has not changed and that the apps will continue to be available for free.
I’ve tried many different keyboards on my devices, and none work as well or as quickly as SwiftKey. So an acquisition such as this is both exciting and a bit anxiety inducing. I’ve spent so much time using the app, that any deviation in function while using a different keyboard really slows my typing speed and accuracy. So We’ll all just have to wait and see what comes out of this. I’m always open minded when it comes to new products, but when something works well I hate to see any major changes. SwiftKey estimates that users worldwide have saved 10 trillion keystrokes using the keyboard… so I’m not the only person who would be disappointed if there are major changes to the function of the SwiftKey keyboard. Do you think that the acquisition is a good thing for our beloved keyboard? Let me know what you think in the comments below.