SwiftKey Beta adds Microsoft to its name and Emoji 12.0 support

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What you need to know

  • SwiftKey Beta is now called Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard.
  • The update that brings the name change also brings support for Emoji 12.0.
  • Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016.

SwiftKey Beta has a new name following its latest update, at least in a way. SwiftKey is now "Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard" according the app's changelog. The app listing remains the same for now, but the changelog states the new name and clarifies that SwiftKey is "still the same keyboard you know and love." The same update also brings support for Emoji 12.0, which has many new designs.

Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016 (opens in new tab) and it has continued to grow in terms of users. SwiftKey hit 500 million users toward the end of 2019.

The new name adds Microsoft's identity to the popular keyboard, but the app seems like it will otherwise stay the same in terms of features and plans.

If you want to see the new Emoji that are available following this update, you have to have a device with Android 10 or above.

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  • Awwwweee yeeeeaaah baby! Yall do know this is in direct relation to Surface Duo, and SwiftKey being its default keyboard, right???
  • Could be. I just wish Swiftkey and the W10 software keyboard worked with the same logic, especially the compact floating keyboard. Having to adjust your typing style by device despite having the same kind of keyboard made by the same manufacturer is a little frustrating.
  • The keyboard in Windows 10 needs to be entirely deleted, scraped, burned, and sent to hell. It does nothing; it's horrible. W10 needs SwiftKey with syncing on every device. My keyboard data needs to follow me from device to device, but also be able to maintain separate settings for each device.
  • Yes, every time I use my W10 tablet's keyboard, I find myself wishing it was SwiftKey instead.
  • SwiftKey predictions are embarrassing. Windows 10 (WP) keyboard at least gets it right 85% of the time. I don't know what must be scrapped? The thing has various keyboard layouts including inking. Something swift will never have.
  • Yeah, SwiftKey can be bad - and it's easily the best there is on Android. (AI is overrated in general.) The W10 keyboard needs work and some convergence with SwiftKey but yeah let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
  • MICROSOFT? ARE YOU LISTENING?? Sean Endicott.. Can you do something, please??
  • Now drop the surface duo specs, price and release date and let's get people excited in the lockdown
  • Lol.. I was being hopeful.. You're being ridiculous.. 😂😂😂 No, I agree. Will they come in with it!!
  • SwiftKey still doesn't support dual screen usage on phones like the LG G8X or V60. Sigh.
  • And it's still painfully inaccurate. Can't someone do this RIGHT? It has ZERO capability to actually LEARN. I get angry with this thing many times daily.