Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8.1 is shaping up to be a major update with many updates and cosmetic changes. The last major leak gave a glimpse at a host of new features expected on the new OS. Adding to that list is a video posted by UnleashThePhones, which claims that Microsoft is integrating a Swype-like keyboard into the new OS. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
Swype’s keyboard is a third-party application for the Android platform that lets users slide their fingers over letters to type, rather than tapping on individual keys. It also has a strong word prediction system that predicts the word you want to type before you have slid your fingers over all the alphabets. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
As seen in the video (embedded below), Microsoft’s keyboard is expected to run in a similar manner and also has its own word prediction engine. It also suggests emoticons if you were to type words like “happy.” For those who still want to stick to the traditional way of typing though, the report adds that there is a toggle switch. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
Microsoft is slated to announce full details on Windows Phone 8.1 in the next couple of months and release the final version to developers in April.