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Do you swipe with your Windows Phone 8.1 keyboard?

Word Flow is the new name for the keyboard in Windows Phone 8.1. That keyboard includes a Shape writing feature where you swipe letters on the keyboard as opposed to the traditional touch-typing method. You slide your finger across the keyboard, pausing ever so slightly on the keys you want used and the software does the rest to create the words (here's our hands-on video).

While many will swear by Shape writing (it even set the World Record for typing speed), some aren’t yet sold on this new keyboard feature. WPCentral reader, PxuLL, has started this discussion over in the Forums asking if you use Shape writing.

The six pages or so of responses to whether or not you use Shape writing covers a wide range of responses. As you would expect, some love the new feature and cannot dream of a world without it. Many have seen their typing skills improve but others couldn't care less about the new keyboard style and prefer the traditional touch-typing method. Personally, I fall into the camp that often forgets that the Shape writing is there and only after I start typing do I remember to swipe instead of tap.

So what say ye? Do you like the new Shape writing that comes with the Word Flow keyboard? Gather your thoughts and jump on over to this WPCentral forums discussion and join in on the conversation.

Bonus Tip

Windows Phone 8.1 Keyboard Settings

Shape writing should be activated by default when you install the Preview for Developers version of Windows Phone 8.1. Just in case  it wasn't activated or you simply want to turn this feature off, here's how you can access the Shape writing setting.

  • Head over to your Windows Phone 8.1 settings
  • Scroll down to the Keyboard option (towards the bottom of the list)
  • You will see your keyboard listed
  • Tap the listing to pull up your keyboard options
  • Check the very last option that reads “Type as I swipe through letters” to activate the Word Flow feature

Just keep in mind that even when you have Shape writing activated, you can seamlessly fall back on the traditional tap style of typing without the need to adjust the settings.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

400 Comments
  • Of course
  • When I don't..!!!
  • Does it automatically add spaces like on swype ? If you swipe over the space bar ?
  • Yes you don't even have to press the space bar. You just have to start with the next word. But you need to press the period button. If the word is read wrong just tap the backspace button once to try again. I wrote this whole post using swipe. It's a lot faster I personally think. :)
  • For sure I use it. It's the feature I use most.
  • Oh you mean that one swipe for one word ? And then lift and start the next ?
    I was actually referring to the swype on android i saw my bro using, in which he wont lift his finger after a word but instead drag it over the space bar to insert a space. Word flow sounds better
  • I got what you mean but I guess its not there for Word Flow yet.
  • coming from a blackberry 9790 to a 720 as my daily phone, wordflow is the next best thing to a physical keyboard!! its even more user friendly than swype , needs better prediction for slang words :D otherwise perfect
  • Agree! Physical keyboards ain't appreciated these days much when using mobile phone. That's why new BlackBerry's have touch screens as well ;) Yup! WordFlow is new, we can expect more features as time passes!
  • Gr8 phone choice even ...!!! +720 from 720 user
  • Yes! It's easy and very smart!
  • I swipe and i think its the best damn swipe experience out there, the fact is all other swipe based keyboards don't recognize if i wrongfully started the sentence with a wrong letter, but because of WP's word flow capablities that corrects my input on the first letter the rest of the swipe feels natural and always gives the right results I'm 94% satistfied with the new keyboard.
  • This new word flow is the best keyboard innovation I have seen in practice since T9 which I loved.
  • Haha you probably don't know it but the two were invented by the same guy .!!!
  • Yo... I make these words flow
  • Can't believe we didn't have this before
  • I can...
  • I like it, I tend to forget its there and have to actively force myself to not take my fingers off the keys, which is hard, and on a 1520, means you have to hold the phone with your other hand, or you may drop it. You don't have to go over all the letters you want and it still works 99.9% of the time
  • I was planning on getting the 1520 as my next phone, but after using Word Flow and loving it im not sure if i should maybe stick with a smaller screen purely because of the amazing writing experience.   This and notification centre are the best features of 8.1 imo, so much more impressive than silly transparent tiles WPC is so enamored with...
  • I agree.
  • I almost didn't switch over from Android when the 928 came out because I would lose my Swype. As soon as I updated to WP8.1 I have been happily swiping away
  • I do. But it is confusing to switch between English and hinglish. Also you cant add new words to hinglish is a bit annoying..
  • I wish they also had swipe for Japanese and other languages in general.
  • They have swiping for a few languages, although admittedly not all. Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese have word flow, for example.
  • Using swipe daily. Really live this feature. Russian works as well. And what i like it recognizes all the words i saved to my dictionary. Like names and etc. I still type sometimes but swipe is just so awesome
  • For japanese, chinese, korean, etc. They have pen input instead, simply add the keyboard (it makes much more sense than word flow)
  • I don't understand why swipe should be language dependent. As long as the word is in the dictionary this shouldn't be an issue at all...
  • You can't add? I can add differeny words that i use since english is not my main language.
  • It makes one handed texting so much faster and easier, that's my favorite part.
  • Type faster than swipe with one thumb, So no.
  • Can you add words to the dictionary like SWYPE on android?
  • Nope, I'm a one finger tapper with my thumb
  • Try swiping. You will forget tapping. You don't have to perfectly reach each letter. Just swipe near it and that's good enough. Try circling around, instead of hard stopping on each letter. You will write many times faster.
  • This is true, I've been using it more and more ❤
  • Tried it, still faster with my thumb.
  • If you are typing using one hand, the new WordFlow keyboard is the only way to go. Every time I use it I am amazed at how well it works. It's so good that I keep looking for excuses to use it!
  • +1520x8.1
  • I was convinced there was no way it would be better, easier, or more efficient. Installed 8.1, tried it, and within the first 8 seconds or so was utterly convinced. It's really amazing!
  • I'm pretty sure it's physically impossible to type faster with one thumb by tapping. The time it takes for your thumb to reach the next letter is the same in both cases, but with swipe there is no need to use the space bar. This is assuming no mistakes are made for both.
  • I never thought I'd use Shape Writing. I know how to type correctly on a keyboard and know where the letters are to tap type, but wow is it fast and accurate to slide my finger around. Strangely I sometimes forget where the letters are now as I still not used to doing it this way. For one finger typing there is nothing better than Shape Writing. Makes texting easier for this non-texter.
  • Yes i use it most of the time. I even add filipino word including words that is shortcut.
  • Funny thing is I been so used to not having it I have to adapt back to using it.
  • That's exactly how I feel!
  • Yea once I got my windows phone I really missed swype as I had it on my Nokia C7, and constantly used it. I am sooo glad they brought it back, and I actually had to force myself to re-use it now. I honestly think it works better than it ever did, and now use a combination of both. Also now that I found out the shift tip from a few things, its so easier to capitalize, I love it.
  • Yes
  • Yes and I'm loving it, which is strange because I thought I'd hate it. Now that I got over initial shock on actually typing faster in most cases as it's very good at figuring out correct words in context. This post was written using it.
  • I use it 80 percent of the time, I love it.
  • 60% of the time it works 100% of the time...
  • It's like Spiderman's first steps.... Now I'm all over the place with it
  • 55% of the time, I'm 75% out of time, but 35% of the time, I have 65% more time than last time (if you add the 25% buffer). 100% of the time I'm hungry.
  • I'm in the same boat as you. I thought I'd hate it, but once I started using it I was blown away at house easy it is to use and how fast it works. It's like magic.
  • You that that back! Magic is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. ;-)
  • + 1020, I never expected that I would like it this much, it is fully awesome. As weird as this sounds I actually look forward to opportunities to typing, it's so much fun with word flow.
  • Same here, I hated using Swype and just couldn't wrap my head around it. For some reason I've completely gotten into word flow. It came in handy when I was getting a sleeve tattoo and only had one hand free.
  • Yea I swipe with my keyboard. It's so damn accurate.
  • Not available. :(
  • Which language do you mean ?
  • Same here. Not available in Sweden.
  • And not available in Chinese
  • Well. Chinese is a hard language mate lol. Give it some time. I'm sure they're working on it lol
  • Hope so. Android already has swipe type in Chinese. And still thank Microsoft for made a better Chinese type experience than on WP8
  • I use the writing input for chinese on my windows phone. I noticed that you can write an entire character as a single stroke and it will still work, which i think is great and in some way similar to flow  
  • just wish it was available for Korean and Khmer!
  • When I'm writing in English, 50/50. It's good, but I keep forgetting about it, and just type normally :)
  • I hear ya! When this happens to me I'm usually near the end of what I'm typing and then bang it hits me!  LOL!
  • Same here! It'll take some practice and time I guess... ;)
  • I thought I wouldn't. But when I got used to it, now normal typing makes me feel like a caveman. WordFlow is awesome.
  • Same here
  • Exactly the feeling. +1 :D I can't believe I was tapping letter by letter up until now.. Written by using word flow:D
  • Upvote
  • LOL! May sound like a jerk but I wish I had WordFlow in my non-touch laptop ! Damn I can type faster in my phone than my PC, that rocks and sucks at the same time!
  • I'm too used to typing with two hands...
  • i love it :D i have never liked the way andriod had that but in windows phone i like it more and more everyday :)
  • If using one hand, I swipe. If two hands, tap.
  • Yes I absolutely love this feature.
  • Yes. Can't live without it now.
  • I always keep telling myself to use shape writing but still end up forgetting to do so :|
  • Hell yeah, it's a very fun way to alternate while texting and to write with one hand
  • Why no poll?
  • Valid suggestion.
  • sometimes...
  • Nope. A stupid concept which no one ever really uses
  • Your aren't reading the comments, do you?
  • Please tell me this comment wasn't written by swipe, please!!!!
  •  I'm no one ever.
  • Kidding right?
  • I used it a lot in Android, and got out of the habbit when I started using WP 7.5 on my HD2.  Im getting back into the swing of things and LOVING it.
  • I see you used the double tap shift thing there. :)
  • no
  • I would if it supported My language, Just like cortanas Voice command etc...
  • Always, unless its a name that I have to use the keyboard to type out. So much faster.
  • I couldn't disable it fast enough. I apparently drag my fingers slightly over the screen close enough to register a swipe when touch typing and kept getting crazy typos. Maybe Word Flow could work on a smaller device like a 920, but it just seems cumbersome on the 1520.
  • You can turn it off too. I won't like if that happens to me..
  • I keep forgetting when I get an initial message
  • I find this very useful when I am on a keyboard stuck in portrait mode... unfortunately when stuck in this mode I am typically entering user names and passwords that are not so swipe friendly. Whenever given the option I prefer to use my phone in landscape mode, and in those cases I am much faster tapping out messages with my thumbs. The big issue is that I can't use swipe one-handed and almost always use one hand to hold the device, and another to swipe with my pointer finger... but if I am going to be using both hands anyways then it makes far more sense to simply use the phone in landscape mode. Rather than swipe, I simply with that WP would have more native landscape options; that would be far more useful to me.
  • It can be annoying some times but with practice it'll get better just used swipe for this message getting better every day
  • Yes and I love it. I had an Android phone for a bit and that was the one thing I liked about it (well that and the navigation), but I am so glad I can swipe now!
  • I use shape writing for words longer than 4 characters for words 4 or less i usually find it easier to just type it as i spell it in my head
  • Huh! That needs much practice! And I guess it'll work for most used words only
  • Word flow is excellent!! My fast fingers are now happy to have it!
  • +720
  • Yes...i love it
  • I don't really use it. I can type pretty quickly with two thumbs
  • Of course! One of my favourite feature on Windows Phone 8.1! I'm not typing anymore, I'm swiping the words! (like just now!)
  • I do. But sometimes it splits the word into few nonsense word fragments as I type. Needs some improvement.
  • Hell yes!!!!! I only ever use regular typing to remind myself how much time in saving.... Actually have less typos now!!
  • I love it. I'm way more accurate with it.
  • Easier to text while driving :-)
  • Absolutely
  • I swipe. No question about it.i often type as sloppy as possible to test the extent of my phones accuracy it always surprises me how effective or is.
  • Yes i use shape writing with 8.1 and fall back to tapping from time to time. And is so fast. No need to really accurately swipe over the correct letter as the keyboard figures out the word for you. Typing this reply with shape writing.
  • It's useful but sometimes I type very fast normally and that accidentally triggers the word flow, screwing up my typing. Word flow is nice to have though for one handed typing.
  • Wish my Swedish keyboard had it :'( love to type in English. Swipe swipe swipe
  • LOVE IT!  WP has gotten worse for typing with the transition from my Arrive to my Lumia 920.  With the Arrive I hardly made mistakes and I'm talking screen typing not the Hardware KB.  With my 920 something changed for the worse.  Spaces instead of B's and other oddities.  The Swipe typing is a godsend!
     
  • Whenever I type in English, sure. Still waiting for Swedish support though!
  • Since we after all these years not even have speech recognition in our language I'm afraid we'll have to wait indefinitely.
  • Yes! Of course! (using it right now) :D
  • Yeh, I can now type twice as fast
  • I thought I wouldn't be able to cope but now I couldn't be without it! And the WPcentral guide to swearing like a champ hasn't done me any harm either.
  • Sometimes it freezes on my 525.. Otherwise it's a great deal :)
  • 2 thumbs is faster..it seems.
  • I am (not right now because my phone is set in french), and it works pretty well in my language.
  • I user shape write always
  • I am still used to typing and always forget about word flow. I'm typing this comment instead of swiping. It would take time to get used with the new feature.
  • I was kinda down on it before using it, but after getting my hands on it I was really impressed with how accurate it is. Makes one handed texted possible. It's still not my standard but I really enjoy using it.
  • I use it but fund myself falling back to regular typing at times... Switching from android I missed swiping but got used to typing again...lol now I'm stuck someplace in between as I try to adjust again
  • I love to swipe to write. Have been doing it since my N8 days. Writing this with swipe.
  • The best part of the keyboard is the way it remembers word combinations that I often use. I don't have to type every word because the one I want next is often in the suggested list.
  • Nope but then again I didn't swipe when I was on Android either. I don't like it. The keyboard on WP is so easy to use with great word prediction that I don't feel I'm missing anything anyway.
  • I am loving it!!
  • It's awesome now my messages are reaching my freinds within fraction of seconds
  • Never try before.. Still waiting for the update..
  • It you'd this who sweet (I tried to write my reply with Swype, but look what happened)
  • I could never get any accuracy with virtual keyboards for some reason; swiping solved that for me
  • I just forget tapping single latter.. Swipe is the best
  • Yea and it even gets my last name right and all the people in my contacts. I showed it to a couple of friends and they just thought it was amazing!
  • It's all I use now basically. I've found I can take notes in OneNote in my phone with that keyboard faster than I could ever type, and I have a feeling faster than I could write on my old Surface Pro.
  • I didn't at first but the more I get used to it I find myself using both. I have managed to get a few swear words recognized already lol
  • Yeah its pretty cool how you can type faster with it and seamlessly
  • All the time. Need this for Windows 8^^
  • I absoultely love it. After a few days I can't imagine a world without it. WP experience is now even more fantastic than it was before.
  • It's the only way I write anymore. But I wonder who wouldn't like this: It's awesome!!!
  • It's making typing so much faster and much more fun. :D
  • Absolutely love it and am starting to use it most of the time. Text prediction in English is spot on. I would prefer to capitalise the word by just clicking the shift key while the word is still underscored rather than capitalising the next word. That would be awesome. All in all a welcome and useful feature.
  • Yeeees!!! ♡.♡
  • Yes!
  • I totally forgot about it until this post. But now I'm using it and it rocks! Wow, I can't believe how fast this is. Typing is fun again.
  • Swiping now..... It's just so fast and accurate.... My android friends are like WTf....
  • The only downside is when I use my Dell Venue Pro 8 and try to swipe on the keyboard because I'm used to the phone. Then I remember it's not on Windows 8 yet... and I'm sad.
  • Same here! It really would be great in Windows 8 keyboard, since it's much larger and takes longer to move between keys. Swiping would be a lot faster there.
  • I use it a lot. Whenever I'm on my Surface I try to use it, but then realize that I can't. Wish it was there too.
  • Using it and loving it!
  • I'm still getting used to it but it is a lot faster! :P
  • So much faster than touch typing!!!
  • Another US only feature. Boooooooo
  • One of the things I missed after switching from Android so yes, I use it all the time.
  • I don't like it. I'm a tapper, not a slider.
  • I always loved the swipe feature on Sony Android phones. And since I switched to WP, I've been missing it. But now it's here! Love WP more.. ❤
  • Yes indeedy
  • I've tried, but I can't.
  • You even have "What the duck!"
  • Once in a while but I still have a tendency to keep hitting back to get out of an app.
  • Yes, all the time now - in English, at least. I love it, especially for shorter words. For long words, i use the excellent word predictions, it's faster to just type "obn" and click on the word "obnoxious" rather than swipe the whole word, for example.   But it's an awesome feature that I really miss when I type in Swedish (not available there). I understand why Android users were reluctant to give up Swype!  
  • I'm right there with you Geoge. I constantly forget that shape writing is there. I'm trying to force myself to use it to see which I like better.
  • Oh my god yes. I can't imagine life without it now. So smooth.
  • I use it but I find it not as great as the actual Swype keyboard. With Swype I could swipe punctuation & spaces so I wouldn't have to break the swiping pattern by tapping single letter words & punctuation.
  • I am so addicted to word flow keyboard that now i hate typing on my laptop ! (I typed this using the incredible word flow keyboard of Windows phone )
  • I want this on my surface
  • When will word flow be available in Hebrew?
  • After it becomes available in Chinese.
  • My first language isn't English and it doesn't support the swipe keyboard yet. But when I'm writing in English (like right now) I always try to swipe although it's kinda hard sometimes
  • Which language ?
  • Love ❤ it.
  • I use it whenever I remember to. One thing you mentioned in the article that I don't agree: You stayed that you have to pause ever so slightly over the letters you want to use. I never pause near them. I just got around the keyboard just getting in the general vicinity of the letters I want. No accuracy required and certainly no pause!
  • Can't believe how I could live without it!
  • I use it whenever I remember to. One thing you mentioned in the article that I don't agree: You stated that you have to pause ever so slightly over the letters you want to use. I never pause near them. I just fly around the keyboard just getting in the general vicinity of the letters I want. No accuracy required and certainly no pause!
  • No. Microsoft couldent be bothered to add my language.
  • I'm still getting used to it, I can't do it very fast yet
  • Hell yeah, all the time
  • I stopped typing
  • I still can't get a hang out of it. It takes me longer to type sweeping on this than typing while on landscape mode. But it is good.
  • Just swiped during this comment
  • I can´t ! i don´t know why I can´t use it :(
  • I love it but I keep forgetting it just like you. It's freaking awesome.
  • The fastest keyboard it is wonderful I'm loving it
  • Love it.
  • I am so happy to see swipe on Windows. It is awesome!
  • One of the best features of WP8.1. I'm totally in love with Word Flow!
  • That's one of my best features on WP 8.1, even this time i am writing is using it
  • You mean, when don't I use it.....
  • Love it... I'm using it right now. I have noticed that my brother, who is somewhat proficient in English, uses it as well. He loves it. My friends, who aren't that great with spelling, just ignore it. Word Flow just seems too difficult for them. I find this to be the case with must people.
  • Absolutely. Word Flow is the truth.
  • Of course... It's one of my most used features in WP 8.1
  • Yes on my 520, no on my 1520 (because its too much travel lol)
  • Half the time I do if im using one hand. I didn't think it would be convenient but its for lazy people and thats me :)
  • I can't get used t it don't know if is because I'm left handed out just stupid.. Probably the s second one
  • Never use it because there isn't my language in the option. But ill use it, is it same with keyboard on Nokia x? And anybody same with me or is it just me because it can't be used on commo message app, I mean SMS?
  • I was not sold on it before WP. Now its the only way I type
  • I really like.  I am terrible at tapping out on the keyboard, so for me it is a huge improvement.  How does this compare/differ from the Android swipe? Is it basically the same thing?
  • I don't have 8.1 yet so I can't really say but I've used Swype and also used my girlfriends Galaxy S5 swipe keyboard and couldn't get into it. Its just not natural to me. I can type REALLY fast with my thumbs.
  • yep. It was a lil weird using it the first couple of days and I'd try to swipe accurately but now as long as I touch the letters I need.. it picks the word right 95% of the time. Love it.
  • Love swipe and WordFlow!
  • Are you kidding me? This is the best thing I love on Windows Phone 8.1
  • maybe on a 5 inch device I would use it. it is too damn small for me on the 1020, and has basically zero accuracy amounting to me fixing it more than using it. maybe it is just my finger size.
  • Absolutely !  I am using it. It's fantastic
  • This is one of the nicest features of WP 8.1. I am only using this since I installed wp 8.1. Excellent!
  • I find myself typing longer words and odd sentences because of it. I won't say it's quite as fast as normal typing for me yet.
  • I can't see myself without it. It was the only feature that I missed from my android device.
  • An old dog, and this trick works!
  • Yes I do its just great
  • I love worked flow so much. It's probably ten times better than Swype. I use it do much.
  • No, unfortunately, much of the chic in WP 8.1 cannot be used by Scandinavian languages.
  • A little hard to believe, given Polish works like a charm. I think you need to rummage about in your language settings to check if you downloaded all the necessary dictionaries.
  • Now that I have the swipe keyboard, I can't go back.  I never got that good at tapping the keys, I always seemed to get a space when I wanted to press N key.  I would have at least one typo in every 3 words. I'm amazing how well swiping works.  I can now write an entire email or text message without one single mistake! Even without the errors it is still faster than tapping the keys would be.  This with action center are my two favorite features about WP8.1 (and Cortana is nice too!).
  • Oh yes, I do use it... a LOT. Probably the best feature of wp 8.1 (even above the notification center). Such a shame that now my battery doesn't even lasts 8 hours on standby :(
  • Sometimes yes and sometimes no.
  • Yes.  This is one of the main things I was looking forward to getting back.
  • It's a plus, very easy to use! after some weeks with it I might break that record once more
  • Love it, took a bit of getting user to but is real accurate so far
  • Yes, it rocks!
  • Yeah, i love this keyboard!
  • Love it I don't know how I lived without it
  • i would if i could
  • yes i use it, i find it easier to use than the one on android, which i never could get used to
  • Yes!
  • Can anyone tell me how to get windows phone 8.1 on a nokia lumai 920
  • I never knew what I was missing.  I can't live without swipe now.  Damn thing is brilliant!
  • I use it and love it
  • Hell yes. Swipe is so much faster. :-)
  • Yes I do. And it's a feature I would sorely miss if I were forced to revert to WP8. It is a feature I miss when I switch to my tablet.
  • This was one of the most significant features I missed when I moved to Windows Phone from Android. So happy Word flow is there now. Not only do I use it almost everytime I type, it is MUCH more accurate than the Android swype keyboard.  This is one of those features that if you've never used it, you don't really know what your missing until you start. Once you start, you wonder why you ever chose to type traditionally. 
  • Accurate. it is.
  • Ya i am...
  • I prefer swiping. It's faster and easier. If only there was a way to disable touch typing now.....
  • I love it. It's implemented beautifully. I can make messy swipes and it still understands me 90% of the time. Heck, I don't even half to completely hit the letters in between. First and last character
  • I don't know about implemented beautifully. I type too quickly when typing normally and it starts picking up my taps as swipes which is pretty annoying.
  • of course.... IT JUST WORKS !
  • Hellz yeah.  That is the feature I was most looking forward to.
  • I love ❤ this feature. *swiping as I type this*
  • Nope. No Greek lang so useless.
  • Yes(swiped)!!!
  • Yes
  • I would swipe if I could but I am in the wrong region. What is even more annoying is that they took the comma off of the regular Norwegian keyboard and placed it in the special character menu. We use a lot of commas, more than in English.
  • Just add it on settings
  • M'kay? Which settings where please?
  • On the keyboard setting, in Advanced tab.
  • Wow, thanks! How did I miss that? I swear I've looked at least four times in there. :D
  • It was one of the missing features which kept me away from WP. I didn't buy a lumia until I was sure it was coming to WP. Now I'm very happy with the result.
  • Yes, one of the best features by far next to Cortana
  • It's amazing, never tought it was soo useful
  • It is undoubtedly better. This was the feature I missed most when I switched from Android a year and a half ago.
  • I really like it actually, and it works MUCH better than I expected it too. Having said that, I'm typing this on my phone and have just realised I'm doing it the traditional way! I miss the brilliant word suggestion feature that comes from typing regularly though. When swiping, it doesn't offer suggestions for the NEXT word, at least not that I've noticed.
  • God yes, I even stopped writing in Hebrew in favor of English swipe keyboard
  • Yes
  • This feature is so nice. The emoticons that appear area extremely useful too
  • Unfortunately not, since it doesn't support the Greek language.
    (I used it to write this comment though. ;) And it is much faster and more precise than Swype on my old N8.)
  • I swipe it every day !! And because of the feature my speed has being increase alot!!
  • It's Spamtastic!
  • One of the feature I treasure a lot in WP 8.1 release. It makes the texting experience pleasurable. However, I encounter strange problem with this swipe function, trust that isn't unique to me alone: - keyboard freezes sometimes and the phone performs a random reboot by itself. In the past couple of days, that happened thrice to me.
    - to be precise, those occurrences cited after amending to include comma in the main keyboard layout. If somebody could acknowledge/share their experiences with this it will be of great help..
  • I sure do and I think it's the best keyboard yet.
  • Indeed I do swipe. Not all the time, but there are times when it is necessary.
  • Swype is awesome! I use it often but it has problems with compound word in Finnish. (Finnish has lots of them) Otherwise it's working flawlesly and it makes writing not just faster but much more comfortable.
  • Loving that feature!
  • I swipe most of the time it's really handy
  • Love the WordFlow
  • Hey what about to say thxx to Ghyathoo why because I am from Syria....just say who send u this trick
  • Tip: Make your keyboard as English, then add your words manually when underlined red. The next time you type these words, it'll be suggested.
  • Yes, love it! I recently converted my girlfriend to a Lumia 928 from Android... NOW she gets it!
  • Nah because my keyboard os in português and it doesnt support that
  • Tip: Make your keyboard as English, then add your words manually when underlined red. The next time you type these words, it'll be suggested.
  • Swipe tip: For double succeeding letters, just swipe it or spell it as single letter and it will magically spelled the correct word.
  • I hope it will somehow sometimes be available on other language too... Loving it!
  • It really wasn't a feature I cared about or expected to use at all but I actually find it much nicer to use than tapping a million times. Only problems are sometimes small words like all and ask get confused and it, out and our. I it's very good though and I use it 90% of the time now!
  • Love it!
  • I personally love the new swipe keyboard, one of the best new features. Shame my 5s is just a bit more I'll to date than my 920, not using it much, hoping to get a 930 when they are finally out!
  • I don't always Swype on my 1520, but when I do, I have to have to use both hands.
  • Oh, yeah I use this!! For years on Android I hated this feature. Took about 5 minutes playing with the word flow keyboard to get hooked. It feels so slow to type normally now.
  • Yup, I've been doing more swiping than typing. Works great!!
  • I'd like to see some other languages though. But it works very well in English at least :)
  • I'm Afrikaans, but told my wife that until the Afrikaans language pack is available she can expect text in English ;) love ❤ the swipe keyboard!
  • To be hones I can't leave without a swipe writting anymore. It works quite well and very fast. Now I can type faster evertthing that I want.
  • Of course! This is much faster.
  • I never knew I could write so fast.... And how it knows what am writing freaks the hell out of me.... It's just spectacular and one of the best features on the new update
    P.s i just swiped all this and with zero mistakes...
    I just need to get around to teaching it some bad words...
    Btw... It also works really incredible with Arabic
  • I wonder how long before MS release the swipe keyboard for Windows 8.1? Would love it on my tablet!
  • I am still getting used to touch screen phones ;)
  • Yes I love it hands down best keyboard
  • Absolutely.
  • I really like it, and it's fun. 
  • No I don't. I still use WP 7.x. And still wishing for bluetooth HID keyboard support for windows phone. You don't know what you've got till it's gone.
  • Not really...I tried it, and it is definitely faster when typing one-handed, but I can't get near the speed of tapping with two thumbs when swiping. Plus it's annoying when it doesn't get it right and have to switch back to tapping to get that problematic word, then switch to swiping again. Maybe it's just me needing practice (it seems to take a lot more concentration to swipe too, where I don't have to think about tapping), but I don't really think I'll be using it much...
  • Just need to figure out how to replace the suggested emoticons with the words I already wrote....
  • Most Definitely!
    Swipe So Hard Muthafuckas Wanna Find Me ;)
    My WordFlow started to think it's Samuel L. Jackson ... Haven't swiped since the days of Android 2.1 ... Swipe didn't play well with 2.2 & up
  • The word flow keybord is like doing parkour with your fingers ;) Although i have to use spacebar after i write every word..
  • You can just left your finger of the screen instead of pressing Space.
  • No you don't. Just keep swiping that it adds the space between the words.
  • I'd never had access to Swype before, so I didn't know what I was missing. I use it all the time. I'm still amazed at how much faster it is, and its predictive capabilities are downright magical.
  • On Android I tried with swipe but for some reason I didn't like it. But there windows keyboard is just awesome and it's so dann fast.
  • Tru
  • Yes. And I can't stop.
  • May be my second favorite new feature.
  • This was a feature I never thought I'd really use, but now that I have it, I use it on and off quite often. the beauty of it is that you can do regular typing and swipe from word to word. A very handy feature,
  • Nope I'm faster typing but with practice I'm sure I can be just as fast
  • Lots of positives here, but...I have tried it and couldn't really see the benefit.   Maybe I should give it a little longer before saying yes or no.
  • I love the new swipe keyboard, but I hate the part they removed long press to show cursor
  • I'm kind of on the fence here. I like the WordFlow keyboard and find it really easy to use, but I'm used to the traditional touch typing style and I've found I make less spelling mistakes while using the traditional style, and I take longer to type while swiping. It is still a very nice feature and I use it every once in a while.
  • I am trying to use it almost every time I have to write something but often have to force myself not to touch type. But if I don't forget to its just awesome to use.
  • I have been using this for several months now and I am so much more accurate than touch typing. Love it, but sometimes there are just words that word flow just can't get. Yet!!
  • Tha swipe is very smooth out is tha best...... Better than Android
  • I keep forgetting it's there but love it when I remember. I can definitely see it would be faster than typing with practice.
  • Yes
  • It is faster, but only if you use only one hand.
  • Of course, and I'm an expert now! Never even thought about it prior to 8.1
  • I would if it would support swedish...
  • I just love this feature. Most exciting feature of the Windows phone 8.1
  • I tried it. It's a good iteration of Swype, but I prefer typing normally.
  • I was getting pretty fast using word flow because I could use both thumbs. I'm warming up to shape writing and I really like it because it's accurate. But it isn't faster for me yet.
  • You'll get there eventually, once your muscle memory picks up on the "shapes" of different words.
  • I love this feature, especially on the 1520 - I have large hands but with word flow I'm typing one handed: Brilliant!
  • Hell yes I use it. However, it does struggle with certain words sometimes, and there are also certain times where my thumb starts to hurt from too much swiping. In these cases, I will tap traditionally instead of swiping. But overall, I swear by WordFlow. However, I think it's fantastic that it's an optional feature. And for all the traditional tap typers: You still benefit from other keyboard improvements in 8.1. So whether you type or swipe, so long as you're on Windows Phone 8.1, you benefit from the best mobile keyboard out there. Hell, it's been the best virtual keyboard (in my opinion) since WP7.5, so it's only been front better. Beats Android's default keyboard, and is light years ahead of iOS's ANCIENT keyboard. Of course, with how advanced it is on Windows Phone, I'm always amazed at how average the virtual keyboard is on Windows 8. Oh well, I have my Type Cover for a reason, I suppose.
  • Nah
  • When typing in English I do. When typing in Portuguese I can't. After all, there are only around 300 million Portuguese speaking people in the world. Too few for Microsoft to notice, as usual.
  • Of course...i love the keyboard
  • I was skeptical about how useful this would be for me until I tested the feature.  I have to say... it is fast and I love it.  I'm surprised at how well it picks up on the stuff I type.  Beaverhausen doesn't work. But I'm ok with that.
  • word flow is much better than swype and the next best thing is that is also suggests Hindi words in english almost well except some slangs and  bad words!Rock on wp!
  • I love it! Slightly off topic, what happened to the minimized keyboard? I thought it was supposed to be in Windows Phone 8.1? You know, so that the keyboard doesn't cover more than half the screen
  • Nope
  • I love WordFlow, didn't think I would, but it is just awesome!
  • Sometimes
  • Of course I do. In fact I like swiping on windows phone 8.1. It's awesome.
  • ايه استحدمه
  • Use it a few times and love it, mix between normal typing and swipe depending on how long of a message I'm sending and if I'm laid in bed or not
  • Swipe is he new type :p
  • I try.
  • YES! I love how it works on WP.
  • I can write a blog using WordFlow.
  • Yup
  • Of course there's some selection bias at work here. With Swype having been available on WinMo, moving to WinPhone required that you get along without it. Those who simply couldn't, moved to Android, leaving behind a population of non-swipers who may not value this feature as much.
  • I knew about it but, I have no clue on how to use it....tried it for a few seconds, neat but, I guess I gota find some training videos because if it's faster to type, I would be all for it...
  • Sometimes
  • I've been using it more and more recently and it has become addictive
  • Yes it does add spaces. Slide to finish word let of then slide to next word it's awesome. Especially since I am normally really bad at texting. So its all I use.
  • for me this is the best feature of wp8.1, second would be cortana lol, now i can chat with one hand :D
  • Is it possible to use the swipe keyboard with other languages than English? My native language is Dutch, so is it possible to use this * awesome * keyboard with my own language? Kind regards ;)
  • I forget that shape writing is there to be honest. It is a pretty cool feature though.
  • Hell yeah!
  • Kinda hard to on Lumia 1520.
  • I find it slower on any platform
  • I find it splitter on any polarise. I'm not great at it yet either
  • I always do! i'm addicted! In my opinion it is way faster... or i'm just a slow typer. :p
  • Yes its awesome
  • Very helpful.... ;)
  • Eff yes I do. Can't live without it!!!
  • I think it's great, but the UK keyboard has far more accuracy and first time hits than the US one (which you're forced to endure if you try Cortina). Even WordFlow is in the UK dic, not so in the US.
  • One of the best features of 8.1
  • No I don't because I type faster with my thumbs
  • Still getting used to it. But, I am old.
  • I'm so excited to have swipe added to my phone - I no longer envy Andriod users! (Now if they would just make a swipe keyboard for my computer)
  • I use it all the time, unless I'm writing a Filipino word.
  • Please bring it for Indonesian and you will have 250 million something people for your prospect.
  • It's growing on me I have to say. I don't know if it is really faster but it helps.
  • yes, finally my wp is as good as android in my eyes.
  • Yes i do! Even, i type my comment on Wpcentral, swypely!
  • Swipe is definitely a quicker way of input English word. As a Chinese, it's convenient and interesting to draw some shapes and find the word I want. I'm impressive to see how smart the Swipe is that I don't even care to much about whether I cover the word I want and I don't need to press space to separate two words. Anyway, it's already impossible for me to give up Swipe.
  • This is the #1 reason to get 8.1 IMO. Cortana is sexy and everything but Word Flow is just too indispensible. I can't believe this works as well as it does.
  • I had Swype on Windows Mobile 6.1 as well as Android 2.3.3. With Windows Mobile it was very good with the old stylus, with my old Sony Ericsson Xperia is wasn't the same with a capacitive touch screen. WINDOWS PHONE 8.1... It's awesome but I do miss the option to circle a letter to imply a double letter. Otherwise, awesome!
  • Hell yes! Single most impressive thing on 8.1!!!
  • Absolutely! My favorite change in Windows phone 8.1. For me it is way faster with no need to be as accurate to get the right words. I have never been the fastest at typing on any smartphone and have always found it to be a bit of a chore (although I still found Windows phone to be the easiest), until now! It is a joy to finally type flawlessly with less effort. Bar none, Windows phone 8.1 word flow keyboard is better than any competitors offering thus far, I can't see how it could ever be beat.
  • Would it not be great to have a small word flow keyboard for Windows 8.1 tablets like the venue 8 pro ? The screen real estate you gain and the speed would be fantastic!
  • Totally loving to use it :)
  • No
  • out of the 4 languages that I know (English, French, Khmer, and Korean), only the first two have this. :(
  • Yes, it is very convenient while walking and eating...in general when you only have one hand holding the phone. I can't imagine people with 1520 using this much though.... The screen size is simply too big for one hand to hold
  • SWYPING.... As a noob to WordFlow I use a combo swipe / type style. As time passes I use more and more WordFlow...
  • Yes I do its a lot faster for me.
  • I just wish it would support Vietnamese.
     
  • Nope. I'm using the Filipino keyboard. ;)
  • yUP.. iTS AWESOME AND MORE ACCURATE///...
  • It's not faster than using two thumbs, but if one of your hands are greasy or occupied, its WAAAY faster to swipe. Love having the option
  • I used Swype on my sisters xperia but the word flow is far better and reliable than that of Swype on it. auto correction is pretty good ok word flow
  • I do, actually I use both styles. I think it's a pretty cool feature, sometimes it can be really fast writing things with word flow, as sometimes is faster if you just tap as some words are tricky... Specially in spanish as I'm from mx, and some verb conjugations are not listed by default 'cuz it's in Spain's spanish, that's when tapping works it better.
  • No. I am Danish and therefore I dont use it
  • Always! ;)
  • No, because I don't live in the US!... We don't get word flow, no Xbox one, no Cortana..
  • Use it. Love it.
  • I would, if I could. I don't know why such limited availability. I tried it in english and it's amazing.
  • Nice phone
  • Always... For this too
  • Yes. I've just started to use this swipe board and find that I am somewhat more accurate. As a matter of fact I'm swiping now! Love Windows phone 8.1
  • I just wish you could add words to it's dictionary like SWYPE for android.
  • Yep its awesome
  • I use the new word flow and I think they did an outstanding job with it. Of course it's not getting the hype that an apple or android feature launch would get but I don't care about that. It is much faster to type and suprisingly accurate.
  • Thanks for that post! i was really annoyed by the swiping feature now I turned it off forever!
  • On my HTC one I didn't swype. Infact I couldn't find a keyboard that would do what I wanted it to do. They always had a draw back. So when MS showed Wordflow in WP8.1, I was like Meh, I don't care. Then I used it... Holy cow. I had already loved the keyboard, but the new keyboard? Hell yeah, love it.
  • Luv it! Has anyone been on their PC and motioned to swipe out of habit? Love swipe so much on my 925 I want to find a flat keyboard to try and swipe on the PC. I'm actually tired of typing the old way now..
  • yes yes oh god yessss!
  • Errata : it is here, but option cannot be removed.
  • Pls improve on every languages input method besides English, thank you.
  • Too bad it doesn't work on swedish keyboard. It worked back on the old Nokias, so one would think it shouldn't be too hard to put it on a new Nokia. If I use the english keyboard with swipe, it just keeps replacing my words with english words. Takes forever to write a message in swedish.
  • No, not a t all, Kind of not liking the swip typing, even back when I was on Android. or maybe just me, I am too slow to catch that up. Feel old now.
  • I'm such an idiot - wanted to turn off shape writing but couldn't find the settings option till I read this - how could I miss that???