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Microsoft’s new Word Flow keyboard sets world record for speed, supports 16 languages initially

Last week, Microsoft finally unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 to the world. One of the subtle new features was the Word Flow keyboard, which brings ‘shape writing’ to the mix, in addition to the familiar ‘touch typing’ for text input. Developed by Microsoft Research, the technology behind Word Flow is completely unique to Redmond, being proprietary technology and building off of the already excellent auto-complete feature. Heck, it now even predicts emoji for you too.

We demoed the new keyboard in our hands-on video but now it’s been confirmed to be the fastest in the world. In a video posted by Microsoft Research a few days ago – and lost in our shuffle – Word Flow can certainly hold its own as it was used to set the world record for fastest keyboard by a 15-year old named Gaurav Sharma.

The winning entry typed is exactly 160 characters and proves to be quite the thumb twister:

“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

Yikes. The time it took to type was just 18.44 seconds, beating the old record by 20.53 milliseconds. Both of those numbers are quite impressive in their own right, as typing those two sentences would be challenging under any circumstances. Make sure you watch the above video to see it happen.

Tim Paek, senior researcher at Microsoft, describes the benefits of Word Flow:

“Instead of tapping every single letter, you’re drawing a line that connects all the letters of the word you’re trying to write. When you continuously draw that line, you are defining a shape. Eventually, you stop thinking about the letters altogether and develop muscle memory for that shape.”

In using the keyboard extensively, we have to admit that Word Flow is the real deal. It requires little to no learning, and it doesn’t even have to be enabled as you can dynamically switch between touch typing and Word Flow according to your whims. That’s a winning combination and lessens the demand for third party alternatives. 

Likewise, we can now confirm that Word Flow will launch on Windows Phone 8.1 in 16 languages, including:

  • English (India); English (United Kingdom); English (United States)
  • Hindi (Latin); Polish; Portuguese (Brazil); Russian; Spanish (Mexico); Spanish (Spain); Finnish; French (France); German; Arabic (Saudi Arabia); Italian; Turkish; Dutch (Netherlands)

Language localization is always problematic, leaving some groups of people left out. We’re glad to see Microsoft coming out the gate though with more than just English (US), ensuring that 8.1 hits its stride in its biggest markets when released.

What do you think of Word Flow? Are you a touch typist or someone looking for a new way to bang out those text messages?

Source: Microsoft Research (opens in new tab)

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

374 Comments
  • DUTCHHHHHHHHH!!!!
  • :D
  • SO i guess i'm not the only Dutch guy here.
  • You're not dude, I am one of them too.
  • If It aint Dutch, It aint much :)
  • LOL that's pretty awesome.
  • +520
  • Never knew so many Dutch people were around. ps. I'm Dutch too!   Hope Cortana or maybe even siri will be translated in Dutch someday.
  • When I saw the title of the article first thing I did was scroll down to check if Dutch was supported, but I noticed the comment first :D
  • Hooray! Thumbs up fro Dutch! Now hopefully also cortana in Dutch????
  • Dutchhhhhhhhhhhh yeaaaaaaaaaaah
  • How did that 15 yrs old boy got to try Wp 8.1's word flow??
  • Did you see this boy in the video?
  • Indiaaaaaaaa
  • Who wants the Swipe from Droid now??
  • NOPE.
  • Well Swype launched on WinMo not Droid.
  • This is true :)
  • People don't realize that...
  • I await 8.1 and the improvements that it brings (a file manager is on top of my list).  
  • Get pocket file manager, it'll fulfill most of your needs. It's fully functional.
  • Thanks Saksham Sharma  
  • also Hindi(Latin)!!!!!
  • BRAZIL!!!! I can't believe it =)
  • Same about me, Holland is such a smal country...
  • ANGOLA ... yep can't get much more unique than that :)
  • Pois é, faz alguns anos que a Microsoft escolheu o pt-br como variação oficial do Português. Já esperava isso quando li o título da notícia. =)  
  • wtf, hindi in latin?
  • LOL. its probably a typo. Shouldn't it be Hindi(India)?
  • No its not a typo. Its perfectly fine. Read my comment below.
  • If you check the other languages that are mentioned, you will notice they have bracketed the country and not the script.
  • That's right. Hindi written using English script is supported with autocorrect and wordflow, where as Hindi written using Devanagiri script is not support yet.
  • Stop showing your ignorance.
    Hindi in Latin means in Latin script. Latin script is the one in which all this text is being displayed. So if i say "Hindi Latin" it means for example "kya haal hai". Means you'd be able to use wordflow for Hindi words too.
  • and you should stop being an a-hole
  • That's not common knowledge. Stop showing your assholishness.
  • I speak Dutch and Turkish so I'm good! Both languages supported!Hieperdepiep..
  • Hoera
  • ;)
  • Are the Dutch heartbroken about Strootman?
  • Ebonics!!!!
  • It would be nice if they could at least get the spell checker/auto correct to work properly in English! lol
  • Yeah Dutch !!!
  • I studied in Maastricht for a year!
  • The Netherlands...such a small country but so important for the world!!!!
  • The nether regions, such an important region. Teehee, kidding you lol
  • I thought the record was beat by more than eight seconds?
  • The news came on GsmArena a week ago..But the languages are new..
  • I think you are correct. Can someone confirm this? I saw in the video that it beat the world record "of 20.53ms". That isn't 8 seconds but that figure also makes no sense. I think it is supposed to say "world record of 20.53 SECONDS", and Daniel Rubino meant to write "of 20.53 seconds" instead of "by 20.53 milliseconds" because he goes on to acknowledge that both times are fast, when only citing one actual recorded time. Daniel can you chime in here?
  • No biggie. He did mean 20.53 seconds
  • I think joe belfiore claimed this in his keynote as well if I remember correctly. He mightve been talking about something else maybe
  • A bit old news i think..... No offence though....:)
  • I'm pretty sure I said that in the article too, although the list of languages is new.
  • Daniel why we getting our update in 2 months why not this month. Hit me back
  • Dev preview users: Ha-ha
  • Uh, the list of languages is also old news...sorry Rubino
  • I'm not sure how any of this is constructive. If you're suggesting we shouldn't post something because you already know about it, I'm going to have to disagree. This isn't a race and for a large percentage of our audience, this is news and that is what counts.
  • People just like to feel like they are contributing. Placate them.
  • Sorry you're getting hate Daniel. I still love you! ^.^
  • No one is hating :)
  • Well said Daniel! People just need an excuse to rant on the internet cuz they cant in real life. :-/
  • Some people feel the need to show off that they are 'better informed than WPC. Its a slightly pathetic, "Little Brother" kind of compliment.
  • +100
  • This was definitely news to me.  Thanks for posting it.  I'm going to share this video to local news outlets to ignore because it doesn't fit their paradigm.
  • The best goalkeeper misses one goal and people poke and keep poking him about it all his life. Yesterday Yuvraj Singh (in Cricket) didn't perform well in World Cup Final, and the critics forgot that he was the sole reason why we won World Cup 2007/2011. Yuvraj (name means Crowned Prince) ignores them ;)
  • Either one of us need English classes
  • Hadn't read about it previously and enjoyed reading about it today.
  • I get 99%of my WP news from this place..Most of u too..Credit goes to Daniel and his team..And disrespecting them..I consider that a sin..If u got the news earlier an from some place else then be happy an sit quite..
  • Exactly, I don't necessarily care who has info first I am not going to search for every tech website on the Internet any WP news of I can go to a few trusted sources for news and other updates I am interested in reading. I am very platform agnostic and I own Android and Apple products in addition to my Nokia 925 which is why I read WP Central, Andriod Central and iMore Mobile Nations sites daily.   The Verge and ZDNET are okay for tech news as long as you overlook some platform bias tendencies from some of the editors/reviewers.  
  • Well said. I had never heard about this before, so I appreciate it.
  • Yes, this news update was necessary. Not everyone saw build2014. When someone search it, they will be landed here. Its better for SEO.
  • Well this is the first I've heard of it so all of you "We landed on the moon!" morons can shut your holes. Thanks Daniel. Some of us don't have time to play on the internet 24/7 so I appreciate the "old" news updates.
  • You dont make any point, seems you are struggling in true sense, not just your username!! lol 
  • No one said its a race, i just said i read it before. So please don't think we are trying to show off or something, wpcentral is a place where you get legit news because they care to confirm it from other sources but they are slow.
  • Who cares about Prinoy Da Costa and josonjoy1986? I love you Daniel!
  • You don't have to care about me bro. I just commented what i felt. I think I have the freedom to do so. And i meant no disrespect to Daniel.... With due respect.....:)
  • Then why exactly did you post it ? What was the added value ?
  • Instinct bro....:) Do you want me to delete it ??? I think Dan has taken it in that spirit. That's why he replied to my comment. Never meant any kind of offence or disrespect. Never thought it will become an issue as well.....:(
  • The main idea of the article is the languages not the video stupid
  • Ah Daniel, Hindi has got nothing to do with latin. You might want to change that. Or is it something im not getting?
  • Wp8 supports Hindi in both Devanagri and Latin scripts (think of Hinglish).
  • When you type "kya haal hai", it is Hindi latin
  • And when you write rukho it means stop this shhh maaaannnn!
  • You're not getting that most languages with native non-Latin alphabets also have Latin equivalents for people and systems that can't handle the native forms.
  • I saw this report in many other websites first than here in WPCentral. Just wondering why WPCentral is slow in covering WP news...? It's supposedly to be the first source to go to... Am I wrong? Or is my expectations too high?
  • Because they verify sources and information before posting it, instead of just throwing up every rumor and "report" they see posted online. Its caled journalism. Something most Tech blogs are missing.
  • Very right! I notice the difference in journalism and blogging when i compare wpc and wmpoweriser for example. Wm just posts whatever is the official word, no explanation, no self found details. Just bare facts. Thier app reviews, they're just the developer's words and app descriptions.
    But WPC is different, and very much better ! Its professional ! :)
    Keep on going on !
  • I absolutely agree with you. 100%. What I love about this site is the amount of correct information posted and debunk rumors. And perhaps I admit my expectations for this exceptional outstanding site is high. However, as part and parcel of journalism is the time it takes to cover the story. Maybe my enthusiasm for this site is so high, I want them to be the first to cover everything windows phone. Really appreciate what Daniel and the others are doing, I am sure it is not easy... I have lots of respect for all of them... Peace :)
  • You are not wrong. It's just that WPC always has better confirmation sources than others. At least they don't post anything. And official confirmations takes time.
  • So they need to post every little tidbit instantly, or else it's not news? Geez. Well done writing and interesting topics is more valuable than speed, imo. That's why I come here.
  • I didn't hear the news before, I only follow WPCentral for my WP news, so I appreciate the article whenever it comes
  • Awsome
  • Can't wait to try this :)
  • not Greek :(
  • Για την ώρα μπορεί όχι, αλλά στο μέλλον ποτέ δε ξέρεις. btw αν έχεις Nokia lumia μη βάλεις το developer preview γιατί χάνεις αυτόματα την εγγύηση.
  • Where is the mother of all the languages????
    Εκτός και αν είναι προς την λήξη της... 
  • Do you mean the Proto-World language? It's still a theory, though.
  • Greek language...
  • Sanskrit is the mother of all Languages not Greek.
  • Sanskrit? How so?
  • Because of its existence much before any other languages,The epics like Ramayana & Mahabharata were written around 24K & 14K years old in Sanskrit when in rest of the world still the sign language was used.....You gotta learn about it to believe it....even proved as the good medium of language for coding.
  • This!! +920
  • That's true. I've heard Sanskrit being used as coding language in computers, somewhere in NASA. P.S: I know Sanskrit to some extent.
  • I thought that it is obscure now...
    Even i know it a bit, studied in class 6,7,8..
  • Truth is, it can never get obscure. Sanskrit is much more than the spoken tongue. It basically defines cosmic order. Its the nature of all that exists and all that is not. Even though not many speak Sanskrit natively, it is the basis of sound and speech. This is precisely the reason why modern AI research is all for using Sanskrit as a means to program intelligence. A thorough understanding of Vedic scriptures will make it clear. :)
  • Sanskrit and Greek are both descendants of the ancient Indo-European language.
  • It left together with your Tax money
  • Greek is not the mother of all languages obviously .I think it's sanskrit but that is not relevant . Greece is a small market so it is not priority . I really want that word flow though :(
  • χεχ ντάξει μπορώ να περιμένω 
  • Sorry for you men, can't believe they managed to support Russian which came out of Greek (and much more complex an difficult to implement!), but didn't do that for Greek. Wish you all get it soon.
  • In the World about 270 millions russian-speakers. Это очень много (Russian).
  • No Swedish, why am i not supriced :)
    Cortana I guess never will be avalible in swedish either.
  • I live in Sweden as well, how many windows phones do you really see compared to android and ios? Fully understand
  • And if we don't get Swedish support you can't expect that figure to increase...
  • Good point
  • do hope they get swedish support soon...first question swedes ask is about support in swedish.  hard to tell people to get an OS that doesnt support their language.  but do think MSFT has these plans for sweden...
  • Exactly,
    Everyone i try to enlist for WP complains about something, isent it an app then its something else.
    And that Swedish support for new cool features dosent come to us will not encourage others to change to WP if they allready have that similar Swedish feature on their other device. I wonder were the problem lies? Is it Microsoft in Sweden or Microsoft generaly?
    I guess its an cost issue.
  • must say that my mom had an issue with her surface and took it to msft store in stockholm and the person had no idea of how to use it.  while this was like 6 or 7 months ago, they did have them in stock and the person literally had no clue of how to use.  painful!
  • Actually, just around me I see at least 5 new people with a Lumia every time I'm in town. And almost everyone close to me has the 920 or 800. Here in Eskilstuna it seems to be quite popular with WindowsPhone.
  • That sounds GREAT!
    I live in a small society "Dorotea" 3000 persons, and I guess I represent the only WP user :)
  • If you look at language support for various technologies from MS, you see that Sweden is always in tier 2. That is actually quite good for a country as small as ours. MS doesn't have Swedish speech recognition officially released yet, so that needs to be fixed before we can get Cortana.
  • Yes, but were lies the hold-up?
    MS Swe or MS Generally?
  • The hold up lies in the fact that they probably try to placate the most users at first and then fill in the gaps. Just how larger cities get the most live concerts vs small towns and cellular companies build networks that cover the most people at first and then build out the rest as they go. Just as app developers leave Windows Phone users waiting... Sweden, as great a country as it may be unfortunately does not make up the "meat" of the Windows Phone userbase. Though you may have to wait, keep making noise and they will roll out to you, probably in a more stable, complete manner than the early localities.
  • No Danish either.. Guess they are still mad at us for pillaging and raping them back in the day.. :P
  • Yes problebly ;)
    Stupid danes :p
  • I live in Brazil, it's a big country in my opinion. The WP is the second OS here and we will not get cortana probably for a year... At least the keyboard...
  • dpiranda, acredito que o Cortana chegue para nós mais cedo do que imaginamos. Vendo umas notícias por aí, fuçando na internet vi relatos de que ela pode vir em Português (Brasil) já  na firmware Nokia Cyan.
  • sad but true story :/
  • This is one of my favorite new features. I hate typing each letter on my phone. Also, why don't they do anything about the landscape mode keyboard? The huge empty spaces around it is kind of dumb.
  • Ive been thinking that ever since I first touched a windows phone... I just don't get it haha
  • Because Microsoft has no clue to what they are doing in the smartphone business... Just saying.
  • No love for Scandinavia. God damn
  • There is Finnish, but I bet that is only thanks to Nokia, not Microsoft.  
  • Finland is not in Scandinavia and Finland is the only country of the Nordic countries to get support at launch.
  • It's because you curse too much.
  • Yeah i too thought it was 8 seconds. Old news. Slowwwwww reporting.
  • Once again, I think we fessed up to that. Considering this wasn't exactly "breaking" news, I'm not regretting this fact. Regardless, the list of language is certainly new and actually more pertinent to our readership.
  • What about a complete review or other bits and pieces like multitasking,maps and music apps etc.
  • 2nd; did they get around to fixing multitasking? how about app resumes? I gather the latter is up to developers...
  • There's a reason why we're given time to review an OS and have embargoes. I really, really, really, need your folks to have some patience here. I understand you need to know, but there's a reason why there are no complete reviews just yet. 
  • Oh yeah, I forgot about those restrictions. Sounds good. Looking forward to the review.
  • I want to get the developer review and find out new things myself. That way things will be more exciting.
  • Haha, seriously people are impatient, no worries Daniel, we still love u, keep the NEWS coming, old or new doesnt matter :)
  • NO,  supported languages by word flow aren't old news so thank you Daniel
  • CROATIAN!!!
  • we don't even have autocorrect or bing translate so this was expected :(
  • Seems ........... Faster
  • hahahaha
  • Disappointed that it took this long to see a comment like this since it's an instance where it makes perfect sense to post!
  • That's what she said... Oh my god 18s!!
  • English, Español et Française support? So can't wait till next Monday (dev preview is gonna be released)
  • If you install the dev preview on your lumia (if you have lumia) you're losing your phone's warranty.
  • No true, please check the discussions about this on the forums
  • Are you kidding me, i talked with Nokia support and they told me this:  Rose (17:11:31)
    As I checked, it is possible that the warranty will be voided. Like previously, when the GDR3 preview was released, those who participated in the GDR3 preview, has voided the warranty. And when i asked why is this happening, they told me this: Rose (17:14:38)
    The reason behind this is because, it is not officially released. It will only be official and authorised only if the Lumia Cyan is included.    
  • I've checked with Nokia too, they told me exactly the opposite. Because the update comes directly from Microsoft, it doesn't void the warranty.
  • How come I got my Lumia repaired (Camera button was not functioning properly) for free from the Nokia Service store when I have a Dev Unlocked phone with pre-update installed?
  • Yes but then when official update arrives for your particular phone and carrier and you install it isn't the warranty available once again because you have "official" update? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • By the way, ditching my android when this update comes, partly because if this keyboard;) Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • What Android device do you have? You can use Swype or the default Android keyboard or whatever default keyboard the OEM has built in that has gesture typing OR some gesture keyboard from the Play Store. Android isn't missing out on gesture typing and I am sure that eventually, someone will code their keyboard to recognize emoticons. Since you said partly, what is the other part that is causing you to leave your Android phone?
  • It doesn't void your warrenty, i participated in gdr3 and my device is still in warranty. For confirmation i visited to nokia care and they checked my device and give me assurance that i m under warrenty.
  • Using moto x and very familiar with android and gesture typing. Ditched my lumia for android last fall and pleasantly surprised after two years on WP. One of the reasons I will be returning to WP is the new keyboard and notification center among other things. Oh and quiet hours and separate volume, been waiting so long for those specific things like so many other people. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Phone already got some bumps, so the warranty is already "void"
  • Not surprised to see Hindi, considering wp8 is booming in India..
  • Nobody types Hindi in India. We just speak it.
  • There's lot.. They use Hinglish.. ;)
  • Agree, Hinglish and English only. No one types Hindi actually.
  • is Hinglish like writing Hindi but with English letters ?
    if so then there is new language it's called Arablish :D
    all over the arab world we write arabic using Latin alphabet.
  • You got it right! ;) Hinglish is just writing Hindi with English alphabets. Wow people use these "-lish" codes outside India too! I guess there should be other countries too! :P EDIT: yes, its in other countries like the other guy commenting below, "Ponglish"
  • Although its rare, we do have a fully capable Hindi Devanagari keyboard.
  • Yup, Actually Hindi (Latin) means Hinglish support, for example: "kya kar raha hai bay" :)
  • In Poland there is Ponglish (polish + english), but ... I don't like it.
  • Yes,almost two in five smartphones i see daily are wp's :smile:
  • True. I got seven of my friends buy Lumia. They are satisfied, all waiting for the WP8.1 Dev Preview update with me now...
  • Actually most of the time I feel jealous when a friend of mine buys a Lumia. I love Nokia's WPs and I feel very proud to own one but with the influx of the 520, I feel lost in the crowd. Previously when I first bought the 510, people used to point out that "Look, that's a Lumia!". That doesn't happen any more. Don't know whether I should be happy or sad.
  • I understand your feeling! :) Once I also thought that way, but when I realized the problems we were facing due to "low market share of WPs", I thuoght it's more important than my personal impression to boost the WP market, be it on my individual basis. So started recommending to my friends! :P Yep, you should be happy seeing the evergrowing opportunities we are making for WPs here in India.
  • I hope MS finally fixed the Slovenian keyboard in 8.1. In WP8, characters that don't exist in the language have their own keys, whereas characters that do exist are relegated to long presses or two-key combinations! What the hell?!
  • I know, no real support here as I tweeted about it and all I got is a chance to put it on forums of windows phone features.. there should be feedback in language+keyboard section
  • Lol. Take me ages to get hang of it.
  • Well i guess i can finally experience just on feature in Turkish First. I m so glad
  • Indonesian please !! Can't wait to try this asap ! xD
  • Seconded! But too bad.. Nokia Lumia phones are always released a bit late in Indonesia compared to our neighboring countries (Singapore, Malaysia). Hopefully that won't be the case for the WP8.1 updates including Bahasa Indonesia in WordFlow and Cortana.
  • +1020
  • +1 for indonesian word flow!
  • too sad for our country, Indonesia! unfortunately our country will never support with these applications. total a regret for my lumia. 
  • I'm amazed at the lack of coverage from tech sites regarding WP new features, besides cortana and Nokia devices.
  • Market share. Time. Importance
  • Exactly. I am seeing Cortana being touted as the most important feature but there are lots more to showcase. God knows if the other sites even know of them.
  • Well, I am not surprised. Media has mostly been anti-MS. The Verge had full headline coverage when the 5c & 5s were launched but almost no coverage at least by Tom Warren regarding WP8.1 except for bits and pieces about Cortana. Either MS has to get out there and promote itself aggressively or the media has to properly acknowledge WP's importance as a viable 3rd ecosystem.
  • So true! What did the 5C really bring to the table other than colored plastic? Its basically a repackaged 5. But it got far more coverage than anything Windows Phone, and all of the WP related articles are like "Windows Phone 8.1 still missing apps..." like an update from Microsoft controls that. I am seriously brainstorming to figure out a cool app so I can stake a claim in the market that is bound to explode when people quit hating and actually try WP. These large companies are idiots for not putting at least 1 person on the task.
  • Yeah. This will be nice. Will take some getting used to, but anything to make typing not such a two-handed experience.
  • How about no-handed? Cortana?
  • I need this.
  • Hell yeah! We need this!
  • Heaven yeah! I need that too... ;)
  • BULGARIAN
  • Apart from emoji's is there any difference between this and Swype?
  • It's not only seems faster than Swype, the last record holder that it beat was using Swype...
  • Perhaps it uses a combination of movement as well as Microsoft's pretty bloody awesome text thinker upperer (words escape me).
  • Finally a proper seems faster comment...
  • I need to practice. Have no idea how it works.
  • How is it different from swype on android?
  • It's faster
  • Its not Swype on Android just Swype. Swype was a WinMo app long before android.
  • Impressive. Kinda want to get hopped up on something and try to beat this! :)
  • Cocaine.
  • Yuppi Turkish :)
  • Yeah! Where them Turks at? Show us some love!
  • Bari Turkcee yazın da ne yazdığımızı anlamasınlar :P
  • I hope we can add words that consists of both letters and numbers(many type like that, saves time, u can type in Arabic using latin letters/numbers that way)..
    the current kb doesn't allow u to add such words(I bet flow would share the same dictionary I guess :()
  • Microsoft must coming out the gate . Bing rewards , Xbox Music & Video pass , etc .
  • Never been a fan of Mondays.. but next Monday needs to come already! Can't wait!
  • Greek please...
  • Greeklish please.
  • If it was Apple's, it would on the FrontPage of every tech site/magazine. Anyways, I'm happy to Spanish there. Can't wait for Monday!
  • I remember using Swype and trying to get the hang of it but could never get it. I'll give this a chance but I don't know if this is for me.
  • Simply drag your finger to the letter you would normall type instead of lifting your finger to press the letter. Example: Instead of "pressing H E L L O, drag your finger from H to E to L to L to O to spell HELLO without lifting your finger. That is all there is to it. To type GO, slide your finger from G to O. Since we instictively "know" where the letters are on our keyboard layout, you can drag your finger in the area of the letters and the software knows what words you are writing. That is the magic of gesture keybaords. You simply move your finger over the letters you want and the software analyzes and produces the words for you. If you can see, spell and move your finger over the letters that you see to spell the word you want, you can do it.   GO TEAM!!!!
  • I know HOW it works (the finger dragging, circling, etc.), my point was it just never clicked with me.
  • Oh ok.
  • Thanks for such a great explanation mate! :)
  • You're welcome. :)
  • Daniel, is there a known reason why languages in general are restricted at launch? With all the technology, capital and resources around...shouldn't there be a database, were they print our fancy schmancy dictionaries with all the words in all the languages gathered for these type of use?
  • Don't undestand that either. There is a language support (Czech in my case) in WP8, but no swipe for me ? Its getting annoying, MSTF should recognize that they have mostly EU customers and not US which they prioritize everytime.
  • How many languages are in Europe? I'm just guessing is easier and faster to support languages most people in the world talks/write, like English, Spanish...
  • Well Look at it this way: We can't buy music, play Nokia Radio, use Bing features, buy movies, now we will not be able to type with fastest keyboard ever, use Cortana. Z
    Yet, behind Google, WP is second most used OS. But Google support - buying music, movie, Android recognize spoken Czech and Google searching feature is here very good. And we yet lots of us is buying WP, I am trying to think more positive, but its been a 3 year and we can't even buy stupid music, like we're from jungle or something.
  • There is no posiblity to listen to Nokia MixRadio in Czech Republic? In Poland there is...    
  • Around 230 languages.
  • +920 for CZ
  • Czech please!!! Like its not enought that we cant use bing. We're not too small for google, so why for MS?   
  • Still no file manager in wp8
  • We know that, thank you. 
  • Haha
  • Languages availability and support is the Microsoft pain in the ass. I hate, that several years they are not able e.g. customize Bing search for the same countries as Google does.
  • U nás to asi nebude nikdy :D
  • Seems fas....
  • It's really faster !
  • Awesome
  • Fuck another feature bites the dust
  • Huh?
  • No Norwegian???????? WTF!!!
  • WP ftw!
  • Croatian please :(
  • I didn't know there was more than one Arabic keyboard. Arabic (Saudi Arabia)? How many are there? I just checked my current keyboard settings on my L920 and there is only one Arabic keyboard which is a 25MB download.
  • WP8.1 lets go!
  • English (India ) mentioned before English (US) ...feels honoured...
  • Don't mention or they shall change it immediately to set their pride right.
  • I comes first than U. India USA. English INDIA English USA. Just it.
  • It comes**
  • Happy to see that it supports Hindi too! Awesome job Redmond!
    Only if they could localise Cortana to understand the heavy Indian accent. But anyway, Kudos!
  • I'm sure they'll work on that too. BTW, currently I'm having the US English"speaker" in my phone for normal bing searches, I never had any issue.
  • TellMe works fine with Indian English for not too complicated phrases. Should be adapting that to Cortana as well pretty soon (read 2015).
  • Keyboard should get more languages support asap.. The only thing that makes me go back to android.. I mean come on, why "suffer" if I got swipe support keyboard for my language and also full free navigation in slovenian language .. I really want to keep WP, but its just a phone if you think..so more options kind of wins here in real use.. I dont wanna start a fight here and I dont need fan-ism comment whinning, Im a fan of MS and WP, but Im just talking about real use facts not just what I like. So I hope we all get support anytime soon!
  • Good news
  • Well, I dont know, but I have found the Android keyboard on my Moto G really cumbersome. Keep hitting the wrong keys all the time. And swype is such a pain, recognizing the intended word only half the time. I have total faith in Microsoft 's offering though.
  • I got it on my Nexus 7 and it works very well in my own language so I was additionally surprised and navigation was like wtf nice because we are like unknown country although we know stuff about all parts of the world :D schools
    + But I do like WP keyboard with smart suggestions (in English) very much :)
  • pt-BR!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Glad to see Turkish out there :)
  • +bin beş yüz yirmi!
  • @danielrubino will cortana be a part of windows phone 8.1 developer preview program update?..and will india get cortana through developer preview?
  • Full stop to that question.
  • yeah
  • dude cut this crap already
  • Persian :(
  • Wow Brazil!
  • I think I even like the name WordFlow better.
  • Awesome news! I hope the spacebar gets stretched little, I'm sick of inserting commas in my messages. I'll get my beloved English USA, Portuguese BR and Spanish SPA keyboards all updated at release date! Thanks Daniel, I appreciate this report as I'm aware not everyone saw this news previously.
  • If I had the option of an on-screen numeric keypad with T9, I'd take that in a heartbeat. I was faster and more accurate with that on feature phones than with an on-screen QWERTY, because the buttons you're aiming for are larger. I miss T9.
  • I never had success with T9. I remember that turning off T9 was the first thing I would do on my phone when I had Symbian.
  • What's with the Latin in the parentheses in conjunction with Hindi? Or am I missing something?
  • tree (english) -- ‎पेड़ (hindi) -- ‎pēṛa (hindi, latin) ...got it?
  • Lol, that got me in splits.
  • Pardon me if I sound stupid, why is MS claiming it to be unique and overwhelming? The swype and swiftkeyfor android are able to do this since ages. Btw, I'm serious, not sarcastic .
  • It's a legitimate question, and if you've used the WP keyboard, you may notice how good the predicitive text and learning the default keyboard is. This same predicitive and adaptive tech is included with the shape keyboard as well, so you will probably notice much better accuracy than the other two keyboards you referenced.
  • That's what I assumed, but wasn't sure. Anyway, thanks.
    And yeah, I have been able to type faster with stock keyboard on my L1020 than on my moto x with swype. Only advantage of the swype in android is that it's the best we can have on android. Lol
    Also when we are on a moving vehicles, swype is the better thab type keyboards.
  • Why do people think Swype was an android thing, it launched on the Omnia 2.
  • Didn't know that. Btw, I already apologized in my original comment in advance, didn't I? ;-)
  • I was surprised that it supports arabic
  • Thats what I like yo see! Dont just match the competition, leap frog em!
  • Well English is world language and that one is supported as well as German. I guess only more relevant countries have the language included. There are just to damn many language out there.
  • I miss this so much. Excited to have it again.
  • Call me when I can use it in Portuguese and not Brazilian. Which should be around year 3000 and something.
  • DJCBS i believe that Microsoft is looking for the languages with more users, it means, the bigger market share. Maybe pt-pt does not stay out, who knows it comes in RTM version of  Wp 8.1. And Microsoft has chosen Brazilian Portuguese as official variation from Portuguese. The difference in pt-pt and pt-br are too big nowadays and is not easy make two variations to the "same language" in the same resource. I believe too, that pt-br is present because Microsoft Brazil is working hard to introduce pt-br in all new resources from WP 8.1 to bring it to all brazilians users.   I'm sorry of my bad english, i'm learning by myself. I'd like to write it in portuguese :p
  • Hey, you're doing good at your English. Keep it up!
  • Hey Winnabe. Thanks a lot!! o/
  • While I could understand that, I know that it's more due to Microsoft's total lack of respect towards Portugal. Nothing else. Also, despite Brazil's bigger numbers, European Portuguese (the original Portuguese after all) is spoken from Portugal to Africa and Asia, unlike Brazilian Portuguese. So basically Microsoft is excluding 2/3 of the planet in favour of a single country.
  • The assumption that PT-BR is the "official variation" of Portuguese, because of market size, and therefore the "language" chosen by Microsoft, is ridiculous! It's like leaving ENG-UK out, because the "official" English chosen is  ENG-US! ... It's the same language base!
  • Russian language in the list :D
  • Wow 16 languages? I was expecting it to be English (US) only XD
  • Awesome... Waiting for wp8.1...
  • I want to know what is actually unique that makes it so fast? HTC and most android devices have swipe input keyboards that you don't need to switch between to tap or swipe, the only thing I would say about HTC's is its prediction is terrible and its defineted set of words is useless, it doesnt have USB, it doesnt even have Xenons, it changes it to Deamons!
  • "the only thing I would say about HTC's is its prediction is terrible and its defineted set of words is useless" Pretty sure you just answered your own question ;)
  • Bingo! Prediction in the built-in swype is the worst. The third-party Swype, however, has better prediction - but then you pay to have it on your phone, so you can not expect less. :)
  • Noice
  • #Amazing
    #CantWait
  • Se siente rapido (Seems Faster) LOL!
  • Great. Looking forward to WP 8.1. Still, Portuguese-BR and no Portuguese-PT... Why?! Who knows! Makes no sense..
  • Obviously it make sense. Portuguese Brazil is more used. Brazil has a market share bigger than portugal. Remember: about 200 million of Pt-BR speakers and about 10 million Pt-Pt speakers.
  • Makes sense to you of course, because you're Brazilian. I'm Portuguese, and since were talking about the same language with a common base grammar, to me, it makes no sense! Oh, and by the way, its Portugal, not portugal.
  • I know it is Portugal. I forgot to press shift key. I'm not stupid to write a proper name using lower case purposely.
  • What!  No pig-latin!
  • Swipe Skype
  • Looking forward to using this feature on my 925
  • Hindi (Latin)! I am sold.
  • For all the young, Swype launched on Winmo first, not android.
  • Third-party keyboard. Not in thr default keyboard.
  • I've watched the videos and remained a bit confused about he distinction between this and Swype. I understand how the software may be distinct, using patterns rather than inflection points to determine the word, but in use, is it really very different?
  • In use, I don't think there's any difference bewteen Swype and 'Flow' - the user has to pass through the letters to type the words. It seems the only difference is the software,and I suspect the emphasis from MS is to try to make a distinction and avoid possible court cases!
  • sniff new update with large headline on new initiatives, but the two big news does not support Scandinavia (Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish) it is sad when you consider that even the same company, doing different operating systems which have local language. Therefore it must be a good enough and it should go quickly before many more lose patience, there are others who have understood the seriousness of that support multiple languages
  • The only problem is why we can not install the stup** keyboard in our phones rigth now????, Microsoft spend much time, if this feature is missing since 2011 why we must wait months until the update??? why???? =(  
  • The answer is so that you can get the Dev Preview ASAP. :)
  • I will break the record
  • DUTCHH YES
  • Yaaay English and Arabic! These are the only languages I know hahaha
  • I don't know whether anyone will read this far down and even if they do, whether they will care, but to answer Daniel's question - Yes! I miss Swype/Swiftkey from my former Android handsets and found it intiutive, fast and reaonably accurate. With the (hopeful) ability of the Lumias to learn our typing styles (and typos), swyping errors ought to decrease. Cant' wait for the 8.1 update...
  • Yea.....rub this on ios n lagdroid's face.. Happiee for windows phone :)
  • Hindi Latin? Also, when are they going to have Telugu? (Satyas native language?)
  • I wouldn't chalk this feature up as subtle, this has been a wanted feature by many for a long time on wp7 & wp8. This is a major expansion of core device functionality. I'm sure not everyone will use it, but I can't wait for it.
  • Dev preview cant come fast enough
  • Brazilian portuguese wwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee \o/
  • 'Is we'! Hahah
  • I know that it 'is we' and what is 'We'. I'd like to write a interjection like yeah or 'ui' hhahahahahaha.
  • Na verdade, eu não me referi à tua interjeição; fiz uma adaptação do nosso "eh nóis" apenas hahaha!
  • Oh God! sguahsuahsa Foi mal cara, entendi tudo errado. Portanto, É nóis mano brow. hahahahhhahaha
  • The new 'shape writing' works VERY well. This was a feature that I overlooked. However, after playing about with it on the emulator, I have to say, this is probably going to be my main way to input text.
  • Awesome. Can't wait
  • Finally...gesture based typing for Windows Phone
  • hindi(latin)????
    I think this is a mistake
  • Launch it already
  • One of the features I miss from Android! I can't wait.
  • No Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)? well that sucks...
  • No Mandarin either. Sucks. Gotta wait for couple more months for another update.
  • But I thought Microsoft only cared about the US? /s
  • What no Dvorak support?
  • Awyeah Dutch fully supported!
  • Predictive text never helped me. May be I'm too old fashioned.
  • I'm superrr surprised Dutch is among the release languages, really surprised! Very good, Dutch Microsoft, zal het toch nog goed komen met jullie? ;)
  • swipe
  • Now only if they can release Cortana in these languages. That would be awesome.
  • http://www.swype.com/category/about/  
    What is Swype? Swype is a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous motion across the screen, Swype's patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods at over 40 words per minute.
    Looks like a patent violation to me!
  • What about Filipino? There's lots of Filipino Windows Phone users already. 
  • Very surprised that Italian is not on this list.
  • This looks like it might be a big help to me, looking forward to trying it out.
  • "Dutch (Netherlands)" Uhm, no, not entirely correct, as Flemisch people will get this too, and that's not part of the Netherlands. Anyway, the news I'm realy waiting for is "Microsoft launches Bing global" (read as: no US-only features anymore).
  • WOW!!!
  • any latest date for developer preview release ?
  • Yes Dutch! To bad the Dutch ditched Nokia a long time ago. But 4 me Nokia all the way
  • They need to delete one word from Russian dictionary's autocorrect which is "срать - sh!t" I wrote several times instead of "спать - sleep"
    Letters П & Р right next to each other) Please delete it MS)))
  • Urdu...for God's sake
  • More interesting would be when Cortana will be able to understand & talk back in these languages. That would be a killer! Btw, would appreciate if there is a way to change the name of my personal assistant.
  • I won't even use it until Romanian language is added...that if I can deactivate it...
  • really both languages for India English(India), Hindi(Latin) means hinglish like mazaa aa gaya its really awesome news..
  • Yehey! There's English! :D
  • Lol
  • I am bit surprised that support for Polish is in first tier... Usually MS gives support for its functionalities in Poland in second or third tier of countries.
  • I really love swype like keyboards and use them a lot on my C7-00. I big plus for me that WP now supports it!
  • No Romanian? Damm..
  • Piranha. hahahahhahahahhahahhahahaha
  • I'll never understand this method of typing its stupid to me I'd rather type the stuff out myself
  • Finally! Always used swipe on my N9 and missed the hell out of it.
  • Indoneisa..... Ok ok i know. My country. Always....... No no no. I love my country
  • No love for Czech Republic...but everybody loves our beer :P
  • at least there are 2 languages that I know are supported!
  • It's nice and all, but this is not the area which WP needs major improvements as the original English keyboard was already very very good. If they are interested in the the other markets such as China etc, they need to improve the Chinese keyboard.  The Chinese keyboard is lagging WAY behind.  Heck the handwriting recognition IME can't even distinguish traditional and simplified Chinese properly, that's just not acceptable.
  • Swedish is, ofc not included. We can't even use wp8 to its full potential yet. Get it together Microsoft,if you even want a slight chance .
  • M3KK: yes you right Get you self together MICROSOFT
  • No Greek, no party.
  • Someone please explain how this isn't just like swype?
  • Arabic WordFlow ! Woohoo !!!
  • Hope it will suport telex . :)
  • I have no idea what to think of this until I try it myself. Looks like it'll be good for the quick one-handed typing!
  • BlackBerry wins by 4 sec https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LAdlMpaG58
  • And what about Latvian? I guess, no. But Android supports it. And it's also supported for Windows Phone 8 UI. Will at least we be able to add our own words to the Word Flow dictionary to make it possible adding words from other languages?
  • Chinese?
  • Is there any chance to see Greek in WordFlow
  • Please add GREEK!!!
     
  • We are waiting for the Greek language almost one year. When Will u give update for Greek language.