SwiftKey is the latest Microsoft app to pass 500 million installs on Android

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What you need to know

  • SwiftKey recently hit 500 million installs on the Google Play Store.
  • SwiftKey is one of many Microsoft apps to have over 500 million installs through the Google Play Store.
  • Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016.

Microsoft's SwiftKey recently passed 500 million installations through the Google Play Store (via MSPU). It joins a growing club of Microsoft applications to reach this milestone, including Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft's OneDrive and Word have over 1 billion installations.

Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016 (opens in new tab). The app is one of the most popular third-party keyboards for Android and maintains a 4.4/5 rating on the Google Play Store with well over three million reviews. It allows you to type by tapping or swiping and learns your writing habits to create more accurate predictions.

Microsoft's focus on Android and iOS is proving to be the right call

Microsoft's array of apps on Android continues to hit major milestones. Microsoft Excel (opens in new tab) has 500 million+ installs, as does Microsoft PowerPoint (opens in new tab). Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab), Your Phone (opens in new tab), and Microsoft Launcher (opens in new tab) have over 10 million installs each.

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  • My favorite keyboard!
  • still no integration with windows 10 cloud clipboard
  • This is great, but to be honest, I like SwiftKey but I don't love it. Never did. I am constantly frustrated with its predictions that are clearly not based upon the simplest machine learning (like, it predicts very improbably words or names rather than the common one I want, despite the very close similarity to what I actually typed or swiped). I also wish it spoke English! The predictions should be based upon the sentence structure up until that word. While I'm confident MS is working on all this, and it's probably more complicated than I think, software keyboards are generally a letdown for me - even the best-of-the-best, SwiftKey.
  • Did they ever get it to be as good as the keyboard on Windows Phone? I've tried it SEVERAL times (it's still installed, in fact), but I keep going back to GBoard, which is also not as good as WP, but better than SwiftKey.