TouchPal lets you swipe away at your keyboard on your Windows 8 machine

You might be interested in checking out TouchPal if you’re running Windows 8 on an Intel based machine. TouchPal is a brand new keyboard for your touchscreen monitors that adds a little variety to your onscreen keyboard options.

Some old you old timers might remember Swype, it came with the Samsung i8000 running Windows Mobile and later jumped over to Android. TouchPal works fairly similar to Swype in that you slide and swipe your finger around the screen to spell words. You’re constantly gliding and only need to lift your finger from the screen to select a word or start a new one. TouchPal also uses its own form of contextual prediction algorithms to help get an idea of what word you’re attempting to spell when gliding around the screen. Check out the video below to get an idea of TouchPal in action.

The best part about this little keyboard? How inexpensive it is for you to play with on your Surface Pro or other Windows 8 x86 device. Free. Unfortunately for myself, I don't have a touchscreen on any Windows 8 device yet (Surface RT, but that can't run this), so feel free to tell us how you like it in the comments below.

You can check out TouchPaul for Windows 8 here.

  • It would be a huge hit if this was ported to Windows Phone. This kind of keyboard is my #1 "missing App"!
  • There is already an app like this. Look up "Slydr".
  • That is a Windows Phone 7 app - not what this article is about at all. This is a supposed replacement or alternative to the soft keyboard on Windows 8 machines using a touchscreen running full Windows 8 (not RT).
  • he was replying to MadSci2 though, so it makes sense
  • True, however I should have said WP8. I tried Slydr on my L900 and it was too slow and laggy. It seemed like the phone lacked the hardware to execute the code smoothly. Maybe its been improved by now, but I was left with the impression that WP7 was not gong to handle it well. WP8 devices though, should be quite capable I would think.
  • did someone get this working on windows 8 pro?  i never could.  i thought it was only for RT
  • this is ONLY for windows 8 Pro and will not work on Windows RT.
  • Touchpal or  <strong>touch paul</strong>?
  • Yeah.... TouchPaul sounds kinda creepy. And I wonder how Paul feels about this app being out in the wild....
  • I've got an idea.  WPCentral guys could work together on each article: one posts the article, the other proofreads it, THEN it gets posted.  I know this is a crazy radical idea but it might just improve the quality of the site and stave off these types of comments which surely must be annoying to you post authors!
  • Touchpal or  touchpaul??
  • Why comment section have problem with windows 7??? i write it one time it publish two times? are you kidding me comment section??? :D
  • Depends on who signs the Paychecks
  • Doesn't work on my surface pro.
  • so is there a way or an app that allows similar use on the desktop mode for rt?
  • Actually the one feature that would really benefit RT is the ability to split the keyboard for easier access when using the tablet without the attached touch or type cover.
  • That is there already and it works very well. You also have the option to write text. Look at the bottom right side of the screen for keyboard options.
  • +1 it turns your Surface into a thumboard - quite usable
  • i hate to say it, but it sound dirty, sounds like a toy made to sex offenders or the name of that doll they use to ask children in court
  • Oh how I wish we could get Swype on Windows Phone. That is the ONLY thing I miss after switching from Android.
  • Tried it - it worked the very first time the soft keyboard popped up in a text field and that was it. Every time after that it would default back to the full soft keyboard.
    Very buggy & glitchy bit of software - uninstalled.
  • Lol
  • He said touchpaul and I lost it. Lmao!!!!! ahahahajahaayayqhaha
  • Sadly, I had the same experience as several others. Winked once, then never again. Uninstalled it.
    Now the fact that it worked the first time suggests this may just be a bit of faulty code he Developer can root out quickly. I hope they do as this would be a great addition to the W8 world, and if ported to WP8 it would totally rock! I really, really, really miss Swype on my HD2!
  • Does not work on my Surface Pro. Does not split and does not swipe. Uninstalled.
  • What
  • My eggs