Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow, to iOSMicrosoft is reportedly working on bringing the Windows Phone keyboard — known as Word Flow — to iOS devices, marking the arrival of yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms.
Windows Insider testers are now being recruited to test Word Flow on the iPhone, according to The Verge. Microsoft didn't say when the port might be finished, but public testing would normally imply a release no more than a few months from now.
On Windows Phone devices, Word Flow offers features like gestures and Swype-style typing, which aren't unique in the smartphone world but can make the platform easier to use.
Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has been more willing to ditch platform exclusivity in favor of getting products in front of as many people as possible. Numerous Office apps are now available on iOS and Android, and most recently the company ported its Cortana voice assistant. Until that point, Cortana was considered a signature feature of Windows Phone and Windows 10.
Though Windows is still the most popular computer brand worldwide, Windows phones have largely failed to catch on — the current smartphone market is dominated almost exclusively by iOS and Android.
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