Microsoft acquires popular predictive keyboard SwiftKey


As Microsoft focuses on its mission to re-invent productivity with apps such as Sunrise and Wunderlist, the company today acquires popular keyboard app for Android and iOS – SwiftKey.

According to SwiftKey, with the help of its predictive technology built into the app, since its launch, users from around the world were able to save around 10 trillion keystrokes in 100 different languages, saving more than 100,000 years of typing time.

Here is SwiftKey’s statement about the acquisition,

Our number one focus has always been to build the best possible products for our users. This will not change. Our apps will continue to be available on Android and iOS, for free. We are as committed as ever to improving them in new and innovative ways.

According to an earlier report from the Financial Times, the acquisition amount could be around $250 million.

Here is what Microsoft has to say about this move,

SwiftKey’s predictive technology aligns with Microsoft’s investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that can work more on the user’s behalf and under their control.

In the near future, Microsoft will be working on integrating SwiftKey’s smart predictive technology into its own services across platforms, and develop much more intelligent systems.

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