Microsoft have announced the acquisition of popular virtual keyboard developers SwiftKey, in a deal reportedly worth $250 million.
SwiftKey is currently a UK based company that started up in 2008 and launched their virtual keyboard on Android in 2010, then made it into the iOS App Store in 2014 and has somewhere in the region of 300 million users. The keyboard is similar in functionality to what is found on Windows Phone 8 and above.
According to the Windows Blog development will continue on the iOS and Android apps and work will be done to integrate the technology used into Windows’ on screen Keyboard:
This acquisition is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to bringing its software and services to all platforms. We’ll continue to develop SwiftKey’s market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio. Moreover, SwiftKey’s predictive technology aligns with Microsoft’s investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that can work more on the user’s behalf and under their control.
In the coming months, we’ll have more to share about how we’ll integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows. In the interim, I’m extremely excited about the technology, talent and market position SwiftKey brings to us with this acquisition, and about how this further demonstrates Microsoft’s desire to bring key apps and technologies to platforms from Windows to Android to iOS.
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