Finally it happened as Mcrosoft has today announced that it has acquired Swiftkey, which was actually unconfirmed couple of hours ago. Now that the Redmond-based software giant has another most popular keyboard apps added to its already famed applications. Swiftkey is a keyboard app available for iOS and Android, Microsoft is planning to keep developing the app for both the platforms in the future after this acquisition.
By means Microsoft has its own Word Flow keyboard for Windows Phone, also bringing it to iOS very soon. It seems like the company is planning to integrate Swiftkey into its Word Flow keyboard for Windows. Follows the nature of Acompli, Sunrise and Wunderlist.
Although the reports come true, Keyboard app developer Swiftkey has been officially swooped up by Microsoft for an undisclosed fee. Microsoft says it will be exploring “integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio.” Apparently means to become smart – the predective word suggestions and drag-to-type interface for instance, as well as the app itself.
Microsoft’s Swiftkey deal is a lot more the software giant and the team behind the keyboard app will join the maker research team and it’s clear the company admires the artificial intellegence work Swiftkey has produced with its latest Android keyboard that uses neural network instead of its standard algorithms when predicting words.
In a blog post Harry Shum, executive vice president for technology and research, confirms that Swiftkey’s tech will eventually be integrated with Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard, the same keyboard that won a Guinness Word Record for speed typing and later broken by Flesky. The acquisition, furthermore, another move by Microsoft to make sure it has competitive productivity apps on mobile, gathered a powerful set of tools to compliment Office. Are also cross-platform, which is very notable as Microsoft further emraces Android and iOS.
“We love SwiftKey’s technology and we love the team that Jon and Ben have formed,” says Harry Shum, head of Microsoft Research.
Microsoft owned Sunrise and Acompli, and today it has been producing a number of custom iOS and Android apps as part of its Garage program. Now acquired Swiftkey and later? Stay tuned! As of today, we have agreed to join the Microsoft family.
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