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Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey for $250 Million

Category: Software
Posted: 01:38PM

SwiftKey, maker of the iconic predictive smartphone keyboard, has been acquired by Microsoft for $250 million. According to Microsoft, there are no plans to halt development for iOS and Android platforms, but it will be pushing for "integration of the core technology aross the breadth of our product and services portfolio."

SwiftKey can be found on over 300 million devices and supports over 100 languages, as well as bilingual auto-correction. SwiftKey also has GreenHouse, a type of beta testing environment for end users to try new potential SwiftKey features. GreenHouse currently includes SwiftKey Symbols, a symbol-based communication method to assist individuals with special needs, as well as SwiftKey Neural, which is the world’s first smartphone keyboard to use artificial neural networks to predict and correct typing.

This buyout continues Microsoft’s trend of purchasing productivity applications – it recently acquired Acompli, Wunderlist, and Sunrise. It is believed that these acquisitions will be ported over to Windows Phone in hopes to add some much needed features to the OS.

Source: Ars Technica

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