Don't panic: SwiftKey's keyboard apps on iOS and Android will remain free
SwiftKey, as some may remember during its Android-only beginnings, used to be a paid app. Having gratefully broadened its horizons to iOS after Apple opened up the keyboard element of its mobile software to third parties, it's now a freebie, with many in-app themes helping to generate revenue. The algorithms and under-hood tech may have provided the nectar that has seen Redmond open its checkbook, but most users care about the app itself. Thankfully, the app for iOS and Android will stay completely free, while Microsoft will look for ways to integrate its newly-acquired technology into the pre-existing Word Flow tech for Windows.
Microsoft is clearly throwing a lot of weight behind artificial intelligence, as was demonstrated with the promising HoloLens at E3 last year. We got a chance to try the product out briefly, and felt like kids at a candy store. While HoloLens isn't ready to take on the world just yet, there's no question that it's going to be central to Microsoft's AI endeavors.
SwiftKey is doubtlessly a major coup for the Windows maker, but don't expect it to be the last as Silicon Valley scrambles towards a future dominated by AI.
source: Microsoft News