Microsoft has confirmed it is purchasing predictive keyboard technology establishment SwiftKey for a reported $365m, and will keep emerging the iOS and Android versions of the app, as well as incorporating the software with its own brand of smartphones.
SwiftKey’s well-known keyboard app integrates an algorithm, built by examining huge quantities of text, to forecast what you are trying to type, and what you will want to type next in the keyboard. SwiftKey guesses that its users have saved closely 10 trillion keystrokes, thru 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in mutual typing time by using its predictive keyboard technology.
Harry Shum, Microsoft’s executive VP of technology, said the corporation will remain to develop Swift Key’s keyboard apps for Android and iOS, as well as discover options for integrating the core edge technology with other Microsoft products.
The SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK-powered services are used on 300+ million Android and iOS devices across the world. The app launched on Android in 2010 (it was the successful paid app on Google Play in 2012 and 2013) and reached out on iOS less than two years ago with iOS 8 launch and is now a free premium app. The firm also makes money from gadget makers which use the technology in their keyboards, all of which has made Swift Key one of the burning startups to come out of UK for some time.