On Thursday, Microsoft released its Hub Keyboard app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Hub Keyboard was developed by the company's experimental app-making division, Microsoft Garage, and launched for Android users back in February. Like its Android counterpart, Hub Keyboard for iOS allows users to multitask from one mobile screen, rather than needing to switch between apps. However, with the Android version of Hub Keyboard, users can copy and paste recent items, search and share Office documents, share contact information, and even translate parts of messages, all from the app. These tasks are all integrated with the keyboard. To access information stored in the cloud, users must log in using their Office 365 account information.
While the Hub Keyboard on iOS has many of the same features as its Android counterpart, it does have some platform limitations. The translation feature appears to be missing from the iOS app at launch; it is unclear if this feature will be added at a later date. Another difference between the apps is the amount of content available on the clipboard. On iOS, the keyboard only shows the most recently copied text, rather than a list of all previously copied items. To access the majority of the app's functions, users must toggle on full access to Hub Keyboard via the device's settings. The Hub Keyboard for iOS is free to download via the App Store, and works with iPhones, iPads, or iPod touch devices running iOS 9.1 or later. The Android version is also free to download, and is compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and up.
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