Microsoft acquires SwiftKey; Aims to leverage Predictive Technologies

Microsoft has acquired SwiftKey today. The valuation is marked at $250 million, reports Financial Times. SwiftKey is one of the most popular custom software keyboards for iOS and Android platforms. Microsoft has made some real good quality applications for iOS and Android devices. This acquisition adds to the company’s commitment to bringing its software and services to all platforms. Moreover, 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.

SwiftKey is a free app for Android, iPhone and iPad which makes it easier, faster and more fun to type. SwiftKey Keyboard apps upgrade your keyboard, replacing the on-screen keyboard with one that adapts to the way you type. The findings come from an analysis of aggregate SwiftKey Cloud data, an opt-in service offering backup and sync of your language insights, which SwiftKey occasionally analyze for pertinent trends, to make sure SwiftKey’s predictions are as accurate as possible.

SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time. Those are impressive results for an app that launched initially on Android in 2010 and arrived on iOS less than two years ago. The app was at No 1 in the US Google Play store for more days than any other app, making it the top paid Android app of 2012 and 2013. It has also been No 1 in the Google Play paid-app charts in 58 countries. SwiftKey is highly rated for the software keyboard and its SDK which powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices.

Microsoft has confirmed that, it will continue to develop SwiftKey’s market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of its product and services portfolio.

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