Microsoft has made it official that it has acquired Swiftkey, the popular keyboard app for Android and iOS. While Microsoft already has Word Flow keyboard for Windows Phone, the software giant is planning to integrate Swiftkey into its keyboard app, Microsoft mentioned in a blog post. Microsoft did not disclose how much it paid for the keyboard maker, an earlier report today had pegged it at around $250 million. Also Read - Microsoft Xbox Live was down for over five hours; here's what happened next
“We love SwiftKey’s technology and we love the team that Jon and Ben have formed, We believe that together we can achieve orders of magnitude greater scale than either of us could have achieved independently,” said Harry Shum, Executive VP for Technology and Research at Microsoft. Also Read - Microsoft could soon roll out FPS Boost support for Xbox 360-era and older games
He further added saying “in this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud.” Also Read - Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ launched in India alongside Surface Hub 2S 85-inch
Besides acquiring SwiftKey, its team is also set to join and work closely with Microsoft research team. Microsoft admires Swiftkey’s work on artificial intelligence, which uses neural network instead of basic algorithm to predict words. It is also likely that Microsoft may integrate it with Cortana. Microsoft, however, confirmed that it would let SwiftKey as independent apps for both Android and iOS.
“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,” Shum writes.
The Swiftkey acquisition is yet another example of Microsoft’s continued efforts in pushing software and services on Android and iOS. Besides acquiring Wunderlist, Acompli and Sunrise, the company has also made a handful of Android and iOS apps under its Garage program.