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Microsoft kills popular Word Flow iOS keyboard 'experiment', suggests SwiftKey as replacement

01 August 2017, 10:58 | Hattie Nash

Microsoft is killing Windows Phone's Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone

Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for iOS is no more

Users are now being directed to download the company's SwiftKey app. The Word Flow experiment is now complete!

In the coming months, we'll have more to share about how we'll integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows. Since everything is within a thumb's reach, swiping around the curved layout was a little more comfortable and quicker than the standard straight keyboard. Microsoft originally planned to "integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows" but then made a decision to bring Word Flow's features to SwiftKey.

But, like with other Microsoft Garage endeavors, that is not always enough to keep it alive.

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Word Flow was an alternate keyboard for the iPhone that arranged the keys in an arc so they were all easily reachable with your thumb.

To enable a new keyboard, after you download it, go to Settings General Keyboard Keyboards Add New Keyboard, add the keyboard, then select it again and turn on "Allow Full Access". "The SwiftKey product team is frequently building and evaluating new features for SwiftKey and shipping updates", the description also says.

But that doesn't mean Microsoft is abandoning keyboards on iOS altogether. SwiftKey, meanwhile, was initially available on Android only, before Apple introduced support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8.

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