SwiftKey gets a name update and Emoji 12 support

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What you need to know

  • SwiftKey is now called Microsoft SwiftKey.
  • The name change rolled out to SwiftKey Beta last week and is now in the public version of the app.
  • The update that brings the name change also brings support for Emoji 12.
  • Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016.

SwiftKey is now known as Microsoft SwiftKey, adding Microsoft's name to the app after being purchased by Microsoft four years ago. The name change appears on the Google Play listing for SwiftKey but hasn't rolled out to the iOS version yet. The name change appeared on the beta version of SwiftKey last week, and is now on the public version of the app.

In addition to adding Microsoft to the app's name, SwiftKey now supports Emoji 12.0 and has a new icon. Vishnu Nath, partner director of PM Microsoft Mobile & X-Device experiences, shared the news of the name change and update on Twitter.

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Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016 (opens in new tab) and its userbase has grown since the purchase. SwiftKey hit 500 million users toward the end of 2019.

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  • Who cares. Tomorrow Windows 10 is Microsoft Windows 10 and Skype is Microsoft Skype.
    No but when Skype joins Microsoft 365 it becomes Microsoft Office Skype. Then remove office from the name and add Pro. No no, add the year. Microsoft Skype Office 2004, except 2004 is not 2004 year but 2020 04 which is also not the year 202004
  • Sounds like you care, based on your reaction.
  • How do you know what my reaction is? I didn't swift an emoji
  • Skype is dead... Teams prevails!
  • Teams is not really for home use, I know MS says they are going to release one, but it will fail. Skype still works for home users, even if it is not as good as it used to be, saying that, I have now changed to discord.
  • As long as it keeps on working the way it has for the past several years, I don't mind the name change. I remember when I first got this app on my phone, it was the only keyboard in its day that let me seamlessly type and swipe between three languages without having to change the settings.
  • I want to like it but SwiftKey constantly gives me wrong words when I swipe. Very noticeable difference and no where near as good as the swipe in Windows Phone 8 was, and even the built in swipe keyboard on my phone is better at giving me the correct word when swiping.
  • My favourite keyboard is still the BlackBerry app... But it has to be sideloaded