Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey Application & Company

Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey Application & Company

Microsoft is announcing today that it has acquired SwiftKey Application & Company, following a report from Microsoft Blog post.

SwiftKey is one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android, and Microsoft is planning to keep developing the keyboard app for Android and iOS.

Microsoft already has its own Word Flow keyboard for Windows Phone that it’s also bringing to iOS soon, but the company is now planning to integrate SwiftKey into its Word Flow keyboard for Windows.

While Microsoft is clearly acquiring a keyboard app, the deal means a lot more the software giant.

The SwiftKey team will join Microsoft’s research team and it’s clear the company admires the artificial intelligence work SwiftKey has produced with its latest Android keyboard that uses a neural network instead of its standard algorithms when predicting words.

Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey Application & Company

Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey Application & Company

“We love SwiftKey’s technology and we love the team that Jon and Ben have formed,” says Harry Shum, head of Microsoft Research.“ We believe that together we can achieve orders of magnitude greater scale than either of us could have achieved independently.”

Microsoft’s latest acquisition is yet another example of the company’s continued to push to provide software and services on iOS and Android.

Microsoft acquired Sunrise and Acompli, and the company has been producing a number of custom iOS and Android apps as part of its Garage program.

Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition(For $250M In Cash)

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Microsoft is announcing today that it has acquired SwiftKey, following a report fromThe Financial Times. SwiftKey is one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android, and Microsoft is planning to keep developing the keyboard app for Android and iOS. Microsoft already has its own Word Flow keyboard for Windows Phone that it’s also bringing to iOS soon, but the company is now planning to integrate SwiftKey into its Word Flow keyboard for Windows.
Microsoft’s SwiftKey deal is all about talent and AI

While Microsoft is clearly acquiring a keyboard app, the deal means a lot more for the software giant. The SwiftKey team will join Microsoft’s research team and it’s clear the company admires the artificial intelligence work SwiftKey has produced with its latest Android keyboard that uses a neural network instead of its standard algorithms when predicting words. “We love SwiftKey’s technology and we love the team that Jon and Ben have formed,” says Harry Shum, head of Microsoft Research. We believe that together we can achieve orders of magnitude greater scale than either of us could have achieved independently.

Microsoft’s latest acquisition is yet another example of the company’s continued to push to provide software and services on iOS and Android. Microsoft acquired Sunrise and Acompli, and the company has been producing a number of custom iOS and Android appsas part of its Garage program.

According to a blog post by Microsoft which says; Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition is coated below…

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engagingSwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud. SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time.

Those are impressive results for an app that launched initially on Android in 2010 and arrived on iOS less than two years ago.
We love SwiftKey’s technology and we love the team that Jon and Benhave formed. That’s why today I’m excited to welcome the company’s employees to Microsoft. We believe that together we can achieve orders of magnitude greater scale than either of us could have achieved independently.

This acquisition is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to bringing its software and services to all platforms. We’ll continue to develop SwiftKey’s market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio. Moreover, SwiftKey’s predictive technology aligns with Microsoft’s investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that can work more on the user’s behalf and under their control.

In the coming months, we’ll have more to share about how we’ll integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technologyfor Windows. In the interim, I’m extremely excited about the technology, talent and market position SwiftKey brings to us with this acquisition, and about how this further demonstrates Microsoft’s desire to bring key apps and technologies to platforms from Windows to Android to iOS.

For SwiftKey’s perspective on this acquisition, please read this blog postby SwiftKey co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock.

Harry

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