I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. 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. SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time. Those are impressive results for an app that launched initially on Android in 2010 and arrived on iOS less than two years ago.
The ‘saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes’ thing sent shivers down my spine.
Unfortunately, I am not a SwiftKey user. I used to be, but I couldn’t train the program to learn my key strokes well. On top of that, its UI is clumsy when it comes to switching between multiple languages (I have English + German + Dutch + Spanish).
At the end of day, I ended up staying with Google Keyboard, and its prediction result is way better than SwiftKey. And its ability to easily switch between languages is superb.
I know I am in minority on this, as my friend hails SwiftKey as her holy grail.
Edited 2016-02-04 03:48 UTC