Microsoft develops Windows Phone’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS

Microsoft develops Windows Phone’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS

With a view to expand its presence, Microsoft has developed the iconic Windows Phone’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS. The new keyboard app is currently available for Windows Insider testers and is soon likely to be available for free download through Apple App Store.

So far, Word Flow keyboard is one of the exclusive offerings on Windows Phone. But Microsoft is now seemingly set for its debut on iOS to expand its presence in the smartphone market.

In an email, courtesy Twitter user Kyle Reddoch, Microsoft has called some Windows Insiders to test Word Flow keyboard on their iOS devices. “Word Flow keyboard has long been one of the highly praised features on Windows Phone and was used to break the Guinness World Record for fastest texting. We are now working on extending this keyboard to other platforms, starting with iOS,” the company writes in the email.

Word Flow keyboard delivers an easy typing experience on Windows Phone devices, which is quite similar to Swype and SwiftKey keyboards that already available on iOS and Android. The keyboard supports gesture inputs as well as features like autocorrect and word predictions.

Windows Phone's Word Flow keyboard for iOS

Windows Phone’s Word Flow keyboard now coming to iOS

Unlike the Windows Phone version, Word Flow on iOS might use the 3D Touch technology of the new iPhone models to offer an all-new typing experience. Also, it appears to be using the 64-bit processing that Apple has been designed for iPhone 5s and later iPhone models.

A move similar to the arrival of Cortana

Although Microsoft is initially testing on iOS platform, Word Flow keyboard might also head to Google’s Android in the coming future. This would be a move similar to the launch of Cortana digital assistant on Android and iOS.

Aims to expand Microsoft’s presence

Microsoft has its Office package on Android and iOS as one of the first cross-platform offering. But the arrival of apps like Cortana and Word Flow shows that the Redmond giant is no longer exclusively supporting Windows Phone platform and rather looking for an expansion across multiple mobile platforms to gain in the future.

This appears to be competitive strategy against Google. The search giant already has Gmail, Drive and Maps as some of its cross-platform apps on Android and iOS.

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