iPhone's Upcoming Windows Keyboard

MaddiRuhl - January 26, 2016 - 09:17 AM

iPhone's Upcoming Windows Keyboard

Aside from Word Flow's existing features, the new Windows Phone keyboard for iOS will include a one-handed mode.

Last week, emails started surfacing that Microsoft plans to launch Word Flow for iOS, with Android support to follow. However now, it seems that the company isn't going to stop there. The Verge reported that an even bigger Windows keyboard release for iOS is coming, and includes a one-handed mode. The one-handed keyboard features a tilted, fanned interface allowing users to type or swipe with one thumb, and can be used right or left-handed.

The addition of one-handed typing for iOS represents an even bolder move into cross-platform software development for Microsoft, as the company is adding new features for operating systems other than its own to remain competitive. While Windows Mobile does have a one-handed typing mode, the upcoming iOS version appears to have a superior, more ergonomic design than Microsoft's original feature (which more or less simply moves all the keys over to the side). Sharing features with its competitors is a great way to stay relevant with iOS and Android users, and Microsoft has been busy porting over apps such as Cortana, Office, and more in this effort. As for the new keyboard, Microsoft will reportedly release the new World Flow for iOS within the next several months, according to The Verge, and an Android release is expected within the year.

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