Fans of iOS might be getting a pleasant surprise soon enough, as Microsoft is bringing Word Flow to iPhones, meaning it will no longer be a Windows phone exclusive. It seems the tech giant is ready to move on with their services on other platforms. Next stop, iPhone’s default keyboard.
Word Flow is arguably the best feature of Windows phones, with exceptional speed and intuitive software that makes typing on its keyboard easier. The software implies the user not lifting their finger from their screen as they write. It also uses suggestions, gestures, autocorrect, and support for multiple languages to be used with ease. It’s similar to third-party apps such as Swype.
Word Flow saves several taps, time, and has been the tool of one Guinness World Record holder.
The company boasts the achievement when one very nimble user shattered records by typing 160 characters in 18.44 seconds on Word Flow. The tagline speaks for itself: “How fast? Guinness Book of World Records-breaking fast.”. It’s one of the defining features of Lumia, and certainly one of the biggest perks. And now, that speedy technology is taking a step outside of its Windows boundaries and breaking into iOS.
Lucky participants of the Windows Insider Program were given the option of joining in on a beta test for Word Flow on iPhone 5S or any other of the younger versions. It’s the world’s fastest smartphone keyboard, and it’s ready to tackle other operating systems. While trials are underway, it’s likely that the feature will appear on Android soon enough. Provided the testing comes out with successful results.
It seems Microsoft is determined on breaking out of their operating system and expanding their apps. It has happened numerous times before in the past. They take the exclusive applications and bring them to other operating systems, such as iOS and Android in order to cover all users on all platforms. And, for the most part, it has worked beautifully for Microsoft.
Its famous applications, such as Microsoft Office and Skype, have been carefully adapted to other versions of Android or iOS. The same has been done with Google’s Play Store for the purpose of promoting all their Android apps, as well as taking a few slots in the Apple App Store. Microsoft continued their expansion in 2015 when they introduced their very own Cortana to other operating systems.
However, the latter has not yet taken over Android’s Google Now or iOS’s Siri as their main digital personal assistant. Not every adaptation will be a success.
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