SwiftKey acquired by Microsoft for $250 million

By , Feb 2, 2016

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Microsoft is buying out software keyboard maker SwiftKey, according to a report from The Financial Times. The deal is said to be worth $250 million, and the two companies are expected to officially announce the acquisition later this week.

While Microsoft has shown interest in the mobile keyboard space, the report claims that the purchase is all about AI. SwiftKey uses artificial intelligence to predict the next word a user is going to type based on an analysis of their writing style.

Swiftkey is the latest in a string of UK start-ups with advanced artificial-intelligence capabilities to be snapped up by the biggest names in Silicon Valley.

[…] A person close to the deal said: “There’s a war for talent in artificial intelligence — and companies like Google and Microsoft recognise the best talent is in the UK.”

SwiftKey is just the latest in a string of popular app acquisitions by Microsoft in recent years. The Redmond-based company has a particular affinity for productivity apps, picking up email client Acompli, Wunderlist, and Sunrise calendar app.

Source: Financial Times

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  • Tarek Al Shawi

    wow :O

  • Rowan09

    I thought Microsoft’s version was just as good. Good for swift key $250 million, wow.

  • Guy

    I use SwiftKey on my iPhone 6s Plus. It pretty much replace my default keyboard for the most part. Just wishing for my themes.

  • Guy

    I’m scared Microsoft bought app companies before and abandoned some really great apps.

  • Manuel Molina

    Too bad Swift sucks so much on iPhones. No lost here.

    • kickinghorse99

      Still better than the default apple keyboard on the iPhone. Something that is expensive but lack of suck a feature.

      • No third party keyboard works better than the default.

      • Merman123

        Not even close

  • the hood

    So now when you allow permission for swiftkey, will Microsoft use all your keypresses for their retention of your info?

    • Morgan Freeman

      Of course not! Paranoid much? 😉

      • the hood

        Much much.

    • TechnoBuff

      Funny how people assume its only Microsoft and Google that retains your info and key logs… Most apps do that these days in one form or another.
      How did you think SwiftKey got better??? It was simply because the AI built in retains your keylogs to enhance its predictive ability. Without your keylogs, it will just be another dumb keyboard.

    • 5723alex .

      Of course it will and sell the data to 3rd party as well.

      “When you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing (handwriting), or typing, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information—including information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts)…”

      • the hood

        100% correct.

  • 5723alex .

    Uninstalled SwiftKey. It probably will come with keylogger. No Microsoft on my iOS devices.

    • TechnoBuff

      And you think other apps do not retain your keylogs and info…….. LOL
      How do you think that apps get better and smarter????

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      So you think Apple does not keylog you…. interesting

      • 5723alex .

        Apple does not.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

  • Dan

    Here’s hoping they don’t screw it up. Been using Swiftkey for years (on android).

  • haridsv

    Microsoft is not from Silicon Valley …