Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard launches with one-handed mode, gestures, themes and more

By , Apr 25, 2016

Microsoft Word Flow 1.0 for iOS iPhone screenshot 001

After releasing an iOS edition of its Hub Keyboard last month, Windows giant Microsoft on Monday launched an iOS port of its predictive text Windows Phone keyboard, called Word Flow. The free of charge iPhone app brings many advanced features that speed up typing, like a cool one-handed mode, gesture based typing, predictive text input, custom themes and more. The Word Flow keyboard is available at no charge in the App Store.

One-handed typing mode

Like other third-party software keyboards, Word Flow can be easily installed on your device once downloaded: just navigate to Settings → General → Keyboards → Add New Keyboard and select Word Flow from the subsequent list.

A Microsoft Garage project, Word Flow comes with free customization options and includes Arc mode for easy, ergonomic one-handed typing. Similar to its Windows sibling, Arc mode works on each side, allowing you to use either hand to swipe letters or type on the go using the fanned key layout.

You can also customize Word Flow background using one of the images included in the app, or use your own favorite image. “All the images included with the app are free and we’ll keep adding new ones,” said Microsoft.

Other features of Word Flow include word suggestions and auto-corrections that get more accurate the more you use them, support for emoji, the ability to swipe letters to type out words, auto-fill for the names of your contacts (you must grant the app permission to access the Contacts database) and more.

Word suggestions appear in the tab area above the keys, similar to Apple’s built-in predictive keyboard, Quick Type. And if you grant Word Flow full access in Settings, you can even track your typing speed.

A version for Android will follow soon.

Pricing and availability

Word Flow requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later. The app is optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch and is currently English-only, but Microsoft is working on other languages.

Download Word Flow free of charge from the App Store.

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  • Liam J. Kowalski

    Well, not in the Austrian store.

  • Wonder just how much of the text is being read by Microsoft on the other side as all 3rd party keyboards tend to require ‘all access’. Looks really cool but not sure I’m comfortable, just yet, with what they’ll have access to.

    May have to wait till someone confirms what’s being sent back & fourth as well as how it’s encrypted / stored.

    • John

      Someone’s paranoid.

    • 5723alex .

      Yes, there is a keylogger in the app, just like in Windows 10.

    • Sikozu

      The warning message is a default warning message created by Apple for all keyboards that request full access to keyboard data.

      As many third party developers have explained previously, this full access is needed in order for keyboard strokes to be passed to the accompanying app for processing (The app that you downloaded to get the keyboard).

      The processing that the app does is for things like gesture based typing, predictive text input, or for some language translations.

      If you are a paranoid tin foil hat kind of person you will fear that for what ever reason Microsoft is interested in what you are typing.

      If you are a reasonable person you will not fear this.

      • Sometimes you don’t want to pass on information to all the companies for the sake of not dealing with shitty adverts or third party companies, that aren’t disclosed, getting information about you to sell you crap.

        It’s not a paranoia/tin foil hat ‘thing’, it’s more about knowing who knows what about you and why.

        If you’re ok with that then that’s fine; I’m more interested in knowing where my data is going and why.

        If it’s only being passed to the app itself to do some calculations then that’s ok with me. If it’s being sent back, unencrypted & not anonymously, to a server where anyone of their marketing / data mining companies are allowed to scrape then I’ll be giving it a miss.

  • Owen Reece Howarth

    Isn’t working in the UK either 🙁

  • paul compton

    Nor the UK one

  • Nayk McNulty

    It has only english language, not cool

  • John

    Christian was also kind enough to use the US link rather then the international one.

    Shame it’s not everywhere yet.

  • Rondog

    Yeah, I agree, I don’t feel comfortable where it says they can see our credit card information, That’s always been a NO,NO, with me. WHY would they need that if it’s a FREE app, anyway? Come on guys at Microsoft, don’t try to pull a fast one on us. My personal info is as the word says PERSONAL.

    • Eric Groom

      They don’t see your credit card info. That is just a default warning for any third party keyboard on iOS. Basically don’t type sensitive data using the keyboard, which usually isn’t a problem because for any password or credit card fields, it will automatically switch to the stock keyboard

  • nyangejr

    Not available in the store yet?

  • Turns out this is a US only app for now