Microsoft is shutting down its one-handed keyboard for iPhone and iPod touch, called WordFlow, fifteen months after the app made its debut on App Store.

According to a message on the Microsoft Garage website, WordFlow was from the onset an experiment and they’re now shutting it down and pointing users to SwiftKey instead:

The Word Flow experiment is now complete. We encourage you to download the SwiftKey Keyboard from the App Store. The SwiftKey product team is frequently building and evaluating new features for SwiftKey and shipping updates.

Word Flow enabled a blazing fast keyboard with gesture-based typing that came with search and Arc mode with fanned key layout for ergonomic one-handed typing. Other supports features included word suggestions, auto-corrections, emoji, autofill for any names in Contacts and more.

Here’s our video review of the Word Flow app:

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The Windows giant acquired the SwiftKey app and team in February of last year for a reported $250 million.

TUTORIAL: How to use iOS 11’s one-handed iPhone keyboard mode

When iOS 11 launches for public consumption this fall, larger-screened iPhone users will be able to take advantage of a brand new one-handed keyboard mode which shrinks the keys to either side of the screen so that the entire keyboard matches the size of that on a four-inch iPhone.

  • MMA Rules

    The problem with these 3rd party keyboards is that they are not multi-language meaning that I have to switch between languages in the globe key (don’t know if I am mistaken here), Apple’s keyboard just recognizes it, another one that breaks it for me is when you do a typo with the 3rd party keyboard you have to get there horizontally with 3D Touch instead of Apple’s you can get there however you want!

    • Alex E.

      The only thing I can complain with SwiftKey is the one hand functionality also, but it supports two languages at a time also and it detects it even better than the stock keyboard, personally I find myself using the swipe to type very seldomly but I really like that it saves your settings (basically the vocabulary you use) cross-platform, text prediction is really good, I’ve tried going back to stock kb because of some of the stock features but the benefits I’ve had with SwiftKey far outweigh the ones from stock kb

    • M_Hawke

      Wordflow’s typo correction was like the Apple keyboard’s.

    • sg1969

      you can use 2 languages at the same time in swiftkey. I use it for Engloish and Italian, have used it with English and French before, and seems to work just as well as the iOS keyboard

      • MMA Rules

        Since I gave up on then I didn’t know but how bout 3D Touch

  • Jay P

    they could have atleast added the one hand functionality to swiftkey

    • Iskren Donev

      It will likely come.

  • M_Hawke

    Too bad. Wordflow was good. But it addressed a shortcoming with larger iPhones that the new keyboard in iOS 11 will take care of. But kudos to the Microsoft team for a great concept and application.