Microsoft is bringing its famed Word Flow keyboard to the iPhone
Microsoft is evidently not yet finished porting over key components like Cortana and Outlook to the iPhone. The software company is now setting its eyes on the famous Word Flow keyboard from Windows Phones too as the next port to Apple's dominate smartphone.
In an email sent to a select few Windows Insiders the company is soliciting feedback on the feature and whether people will want to participate in the beta program.
Insider Kyle Reddoch received the email about the program recently asking if he owns "an iPhone (5s or newer)? Do you think your native iOS keyboard could use improvement?" The email then boasts about Word Flow breaking a Guinness World record for fastest texting and how Microsoft is "working on extending the keyboard to other platforms, starting with iOS".
That last part sounds as if Google's Android would be next in line.
While this is great news for those on iOS (and likely Android), we are sure some Windows Phone users are none too pleased. Nonetheless, Microsoft has made no secret of their intentions of being the best software company around, and the Word Flow keyboard is a shining example of Microsoft's work.
Thanks, Kyle R./@WinPhanKyle, for the email!
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They are completely destroying the brand
Porting stuff to other platforms is sign of severe weakness of ms brand in the market When ibm done this in 90 years they were sinking in the pc world and closed the PSP division Now apple and google are very powerful and maybe are corrupting politicians and managers to avoid antitrust laws
Ms is just wasting resources doing this
When ms will realize this will be too late
They are doing the same errors of ibm in 90 years...
After some years ibm being defeated closed the PSP division
They should spend better resources improving windows mobile...
Yes, ios and android first
This is nadella
Just get a Lumia.
Ms is bashing their brand doing this
Ppl laugh at ms nowadays
This is a sign of terrible weakness of the brand
When ibm did this after some years their completely exited the pc world!
Ms is sinking
They turning just into an ISP
I worry a lot, i'm an IT and i work on ms platforms since about 20 years If ms sink it's a very big problem for my work too, i'm a 100% consultant on ms sw.. Ms managers are nowadays in a total chaos, this is no good for me at all
Zero sense because Microsoft has done absolutely nothing to give windows phone the chance to stand on Its own.
Bye bye Lumia. Thanks God I shifted to Android at right time. Posted via my Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo which isn't as much abandoned as any Windows Phone on the Windows Central App for Android
Or is this Microsoft's plan... to drive their consumers from their hardware because they want to stay a software company?
Seriously this is going too far Microsoft. Stop the rot and give us Windows Mobile users reason to stay with WM and not get better usability from Microsoft by going Apple or Android!
They spend more resources on other platforms than improving their own!
This is *fooling* their users
How can ms idiot managers believe to sell and improve n. of apps in the store without marketing campaigns on tv, radio etc for the critical mass?
Windows desktop and office?
Ms is showing too much wickness
(my own opinion it's just a waste of resources and a damage to the brand)
#2 I read nothing about the Guinness book of world records achievement. I hope MS rooted their own horns when this happened. *edit* WAIT WAIT. So they're bringing this to iOS before Windows 10 where it would be very useful in tablet mode???? WTF.
Wordflow is broken there, not really flowing.
A: Buy an iphone, they are the best phones with Microsoft features!
I switched my company to new hardware on Windows 10 and i regret it a lot. It's less stable than windows 7 and 8 and All Windows 10 pc's loose connection to the server 20 times a day. We have been trying to find the cause for two weeks now, but without success. We are going back to windows 7. Why the hell is MS wasting resources on other platforms while 10 still needs some serious work.
That's why i gone out insider program
Mobile first in his mad mind mean ios and android first...
2) best gui (live tiles)
3) office mobile completely free
5) better integration with w10 on pc Hope ms idiot managers do not remove other exclusive good points
But hope some ms manager will not make further damages
They should also first bring it over to windows 10 for tablets ...
Lol Ms still exist only thanks to us!
Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sway, Bing, Wordflow, Sunrise, MINECRAFT!!, holy crap. They have sucha massive upper hand over any other company.. can't believe anyone would switch from Windows to anything else right before Microsoft's deadly strike!
Sharing is caring and word flow keyboard. I loved it using on my L520.
Would love to see it on Android too. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android