Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Word Flow Keyboard to be Included in the iPhone

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The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Plans are underway to include the advanced Word Flow keyboard in the iPhone. This means that soon, iPhone users will be able to enjoy the use of this new type of keyboard that helps users to type more words faster and easily.

Recently, it has been reported that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAP) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have been asking individuals to give their opinion on how they find the Word Flow keyboard working on the iPhone. This is part of the testing programme in which a version of the keyboard that is compatible to the ions has been developed and is currently being subjected to market tests before being released officially.

The technology behind the Word Flow keyboard is not new at all. Sometime back, a company called Nuance Communications developed a type of keyboard that was called Swype. Later, another company called TouchType developed a new form of keyboard called SwiftKey. SwiftKey was specially built to operate on the operating system that is used in Apple devices.

The science behind the manner in which these new types of keyboards work is simple. Ordinary keyboards require that you physically input all the characters that make up words when you are typing. These new types of keyboards work differently.

They let you swipe your fingers across them to insert specific words into the sentences that you are typing. The advantages of this capability are many. However, one common advantage is that the keyboards allow you to type faster than it is the case when you are using ordinary keyboards.

Back in 2014, the Microsoft Word Flow keyboard gained prominence after it was used to set a new record in texting speed. The keyboard was used to set a new record that was included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The possible inclusion of the keyboard to the iPhone comes within the context of the efforts of Apple to allow third party keyboards into its phones. This happened after the company developed and released a newer version of its operating system back in 2014.

Users of newer versions of the iPhone shall have access to the keyboard once the complex testing process is successfully completed. Furthermore, if all goes well, individuals who use iPads shall also enjoy the swiftness of the Word Flow keyboard. On its part, Microsoft plans to include the keyboard in its Android phones.