Word Flow, the impressive Windows Phone keyboard made by Microsoft, has officially come to the iOS mobile operating system. This new version optimized for iOS mobile users allows them to simply tap or swipe in order to type out letters, and intuitively guess the words to be typed when composing phrases or sentences, just like what the original version for the Windows Phone platform does. Microsoft had previously stated that the iOS version would have to undergo a certain beta testing period before transitioning to full deployment, but it appears that the mobile is now downloadable for free from the US App Store.
One must wonder though -- does the iOS version offer anything different compared to the Windows Phone version? It turns out there are some few additions in the variant for iPhones and iPad tablet devices. For instance, iOS mobile users get to customize the background graphics of the keyboard, even with their own selfie shots.
Also, the iOS version comes with a feature that should prove helpful to those who are fond of typing using just one hand. It works by allowing mobile users to swipe or tap out words or phrases by moving the keyboard to the side in an arc shaped motion. This feature could prove especially handy for users who own the iPhone 6s Plus, the larger of Apple’s latest flagship devices.
This may be a surprising bit of information for some, but the iOS version of Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard app is not actually the first keyboard app the software giant has developed for the iOS platform. Recently, the company had actually rolled out a special hub keyboard for iPhone devices. Microsoft purposefully developed this hub keyboard to allow iOS mobile users to quickly gain access to files as well as contacts list directly from the keyboard.
Also, some might remember that the company had completed its acquisition of Swiftkey in February early this year. Based on this, we could reasonably expect Microsoft to keep exploring new keyboard offerings for both Android and iOS powered devices.
Wait -- what about Android mobile users? When can they expect to see an Android version of Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard app? Well, the company is busy working on testing a variant optimized for the Android mobile operating system right now, and it is safe to say that the keyboard app could land on Android powered devices in the next few weeks or months.
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