Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard is coming to iOS

By , Jan 18, 2016

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Windows giant Microsoft is porting its excellent predictive text keyboard for Windows Phone, dubbed Word Flow, over to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

In an email to some Windows Insider testers, obtained by The Verge’s Tom Warren, Microsoft invited iPhone users to participate in a trial of the Word Flow keyboard for iOS.

On Windows Phone, the Word Flow keyboard includes a number of advanced features such as autocorrect, suggestions, gestures, multi-language support, emoticons, the ability to swipe letters like in Swype’s keyboard, and more.

“Microsoft is planning to make its Word Flow keyboard available on other platforms, starting with iOS,” reported Warren. Following Cortana for iOS, Word Flow marks yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms that will be coming to Apple and other people’s mobile platforms.

Here’s a video of the Word Flow keyboard in action on Windows Phone 8.1, courtesy of Daniel Rubino at Windows Central.

Word Flow on Windows Phone also has a 12-key layout for entering phone numbers and a context-specific .com key that appears when you surf the web, with additional domain extensions available by way of long-tapping the key.

ZDNet has found Word Flow very compelling and easy to use.

The keyboard actually changes the active area of letters as the prediction engine works. “This happens without you seeing it, but as your usage increases and prediction improves the target area where you have to tap gets larger and increases your ability to enter text even faster,” as per ZDNet’s Matthew Miller.

Microsoft’s email does not state when Word Flow for iOS might launch, but it should be a matter of weeks or months they’re testing it more broadly.

Source: The Verge

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  • Guilherme 

    That’s awesome! I’ve always liked this keyboard when I had an Android.

    • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

      It was only available on Windows Phone before..
      They’re opening it to other platforms starting with Apple..
      I think you meant another keyboard maybe?

      • Guilherme 

        yeah, they were only WP keyboard look alike. But they were also good 🙂

      • Ds

        Probably meant Swype keyboard for Android.

  • Guy

    Currently using SwiftKey for iOS on iPhone 6s Plus. The predictive text has me hooked.

  • Ds

    Nintype for life!

  • stylesbeyond

    no thanks, stock is more than enough others are way to buggy

  • Alberto Espinal

    So what’s the difference between Swype and all others? Anyone?

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      I really hope this fixes the issues that Swype hasn’t..

  • Tommy


  • JulianZH

    all those keyboard on ios are a joke. only nintype show come interest but still bugged.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Swype has terrible keystroke recognition, plus bugs that put the user halfway up the messages, constant crashing in various apps, no siri dictation, the list goes on and on. I’ve seen other third party keyboards master these simple features but Swype just can’t seem to get it right.

    • Robin

      I think Swype has the best possible keystroke recognition as far as the swipe keyboards are concerned (I tested e.g. Swiftkey, Path Input, Go Keyboard, Nintype, Touchpal, Adaptxt).

      The Siri limitation is something that Apple is not allowing for all third party keyboards.

      I do think that Swype can definitely be improved:
      – since iOS9 and up still lag when showing on older devices such as my iPad mini2 running 9.2
      – the way to switch between keyboards
      – the way to select emoticons

      • I’ve been using Swype for a year now, it’s terrible. It doesn’t ‘learn’. The Windows keyboard learns and ends up predicting words far more accurately despite how inaccurate you swipe at the keyboard.

        Windows Phone: You’re + H – O – T = HOT
        Swype: You’re + H – O – T = GOT…

        Type it 10 times, it still picks ‘GOT’ over ‘HOT’…

        Swype had an awesome idea, just failed to execute it. Microsoft stole the idea. And did it properly.

  • Hans Oderfest

    If you knew what you were talking about, you would know that you can easily disable this directly in the keyboard (or calendar, etc) settings – not even hidden. But you’re probably just one of these crybabies that got developmentally stuck at one point in the 90s, eh?