Microsoft is Bringing Word Flow Keyboard to iOS

Microsoft is Bringing Word Flow Keyboard to iOS

Remember how you were pissed off when you learned that Microsoft was porting Cortana to iOS and Android because you wouldn’t have anything to brag about to your friends? How there was nothing special about your Windows Phone anymore?

Well, get ready to feel that way again. Word Flow is coming to iOS.

To be clear, this is a good thing. All of Microsoft’s cross-platform efforts are a good thing. It’s better for the health of the platform, but that’s neither here nor there.

An Insider received the following email:

Hello,

Do you own an iPhone (5S or newer)? Do you think your native iOS keyboard could use improvement?

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.

Before publicly releasing this keyboard to the App Store, we’d love to give Insiders like you a preview. With your feedback, we’ll build a roadmap of improvements to the keyboard over time.

If you’re interested in participating in this beta program, just send an email to wordflow@microsoft.com with subject line “I want in!” and we’ll be in touch!

The Windows Insider and Word Flow teams

The answer to the first question is, of course, yes. The native iOS keyboard is the last keyboard on Earth that doesn’t have Swype functionality. Of course, die hard iPhone users will tell you that they don’t need it, just like a phone bigger than 4″ and an App Store on the Apple TV.

The interesting part of the email was “starting with iOS”, which clearly means that once the iOS Word Flow keyboard is up and running, they’re going to get to work on a version for, you guessed it, BB10.

Just kidding.

Oh, and by the way, that second platform isn’t desktop Windows either. To be clear, that means it will work on iPad but not on your Surface.

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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.