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Microsoft Word Flow keyboard coming to iOS and Android?

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Microsoft Word Flow keyboard coming to iOS and Android?

In case you're not happy with the software keyboards that are currently available on iOS and Android, you may want to find out that Microsoft is seemingly getting ready to release a keyboard of its own on both platforms. We're talking about World Flow, which, at the moment, is available only on Windows-based devices, as well as on the Microsoft Band.

According to an email revealed by Windows Central (sent by Microsoft to select members of the Windows Insider program), the Redmond company is "working on extending" Word Flow "to other platforms, starting with iOS." Almost certainly, by other platforms Microsoft also means Android. It remains to be seen exactly when Microsoft will be ready to release Word Flow on iOS and Android.

Word Flow (pictured above) is a swipe-to-type keyboard that kind of resembles SwiftKey - one of the most popular third-party keyboards that Android and iOS users can currently download. Microsoft's keyboard can easily suggest words and correct misspellings. Back in April 2014, Word Flow was used to set a Guinness world record for fastest texting on a touchscreen display. Since then, the record has been broken by Fleksy (which is available only on Android and iOS).

So, who's looking forward to testing Word Flow on iOS or Android?

source: Windows Central

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posted on 15 Jan 2016, 19:07 6

1. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Amazing how Microsoft keeps making great apps for other platforms but barely anything for Windows 10 mobile...wonder if Windows 10 mobile even supports custom keyboards.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:36 6

10. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


It has always been the keyboard for the lumias. One of the reasons why I love my previous lumia 1020, .I don't always mistype the words, the design is thumb-friendly and simple.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 09:09

22. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


probably if you get access to it, there is a tool floating around that allows nearly full access including registry.

also what do you mean keeps making great apps, this keyboard has been a part of the OS for how long on MS platform?

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 12:18

24. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


There's a whole lot of Android exclusive features and apps they make:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/dev?id=6720847872553662727

So, you're saying Windows 10 mobile doesn't officially support custom keyboards?

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 07:35

27. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


And about 3-4 apps on that entire list are not on MS OS, like the launcher, keyboard, everything else MS posses in another fashion on their OS.

so what the heck are you talking about?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 19:21 6

2. seh82 (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Sep 2014)


This must be frustrating for Windows 10 Mobile users. I've been on Windows Phone (loved it, especially when the hardware was truly Nokia), iOS (meh), and Android (currently using an Xperia Z5 Premium). As far as keyboards go, the one on Windows Phone was by far my favorite, and WordFlow was a strong reason why.

I'd instantly switch to WordFlow if it were to be made available on Android.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 21:53 1

9. TheOriginal (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)


i think the same exact way, I love the design and everything about windows phone but they need to do some serious sucking up to google (and releasing prettier phones like nokia and htc did) and get proper google apps before ill be able to go back.

right now im using a z3 compact

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 09:10 2

23. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I am so glad a single ecosystem doesn't have me so tied into it, that I don't have choice. I have google account only for youtube. And so glad I rely on zero of their services to the point I cant buy a phone I like.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 19:47

3. Tziggy14 (Posts: 443; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


So basically SwiftKey.

No need to download another keyboard

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 20:04 3

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


No no... Its worth a try. It's Very good in my WP and in my opinion its actually better than many I've tried. But cant swype type the "f" word. It'll always be duck . :P

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:46

12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Not even if you add it to dictionary?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:41

18. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


if u add it then it will....haha...u can add anything but the bummer is that u cant remove a single word from dictionary....u'll have to delete the whole list

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 02:40

21. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I did add the f word as well as many other words yet still its duck. Just cant Swype the word but it does show it in suggetions.

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 02:38

20. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Nope.. Already tried...

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:04 2

14. Hashed (unregistered)


Duck duck duck ,, yeah didn't work

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 20:45

5. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I thought that too but the keyboard on WP8.1 is pretty good actually. Not at all customizable like Swiftkey but the typing experience is decent

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 21:27 1

8. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


That is cool one of the things i liked about windows phone 8 was their keyboard , i will surely be getting it on my iphone

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:39

11. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Apple and android are always competing on the new features they can stick to their os but both of them don't redesign their ugly stock keyboards.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 22:46

13. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


This is awesome.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:06

15. Hashed (unregistered)


Especially if they added that point cursor controller, like the one on the IBM laptops.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:27

16. Switch00 (Posts: 472; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


No numbers, no speed, buddy...

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:38

17. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


after all this effort by Microsoft....i think they might come with a flagship android phone with all there apps installed.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 23:44

19. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


one more reason to not get WindosPhone.. great

posted on 16 Jan 2016, 21:39

25. DurTeeDee (Posts: 73; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


This will make mh switch back to Android easier

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 01:52

26. boucha26 (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 Jul 2015)


No need
Apple already has good and perfect keyboard.
Easy to type, easy to use emoji keys....
So no need....

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 23:18 1

28. cyborg009 (Posts: 112; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


Good guy Microsoft. I always loved WP keyboard, will definitely try on my Xperia Z5 :)

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 05:52

29. tezzz (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I do not understand MS. The keyboard isn't even available on Windows 10 tablet mode and they are releasing an iOS version. This seems crazy.

I preferred Wordflow over Swiftkey, Swype, Google, iOS stock & Samsung and is probably the main thing I miss from Windows mobile.

First they release better versions of Office on Android before it is available on Windows and now their keyboard. The only thing left in Windows mobile is the text message + skype integration...

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 10:30

30. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I am happy with SwigtKey..but i'll give a try

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 11:09

31. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Even though I don't really need a third-party keyboard, I wouldn't mind trying this one out.

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