Microsoft is bringing a one-handed keyboard to iOS

Patrick O'Rourke

January 26, 2016 3:39pm

Microsoft’s well-received Windows 10 Mobile keyboard is being adapted for iOS, according to The Verge.

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told the publication that the keyboard is currently being tested within the company, and that a beta version will make its way out to public testers soon.

Microsoft has been lauded for developing one of the best virtual keyboards, which is currently available on Windows 10 Mobile. While the iOS version reportedly contains similar features to its Windows Mobile counterpart, it will have at least one unique trait: a new one-handed fanned interface not available on in the Windows 10 Mobile version of the app.

Other features like swipe input, emojis and word suggestions remain intact in the iOS version. Apple users can expect to be able to try out the keyboard at some point in the near future. An Android version set to follow soon after.

SourceThe Verge
  • Marc Palumbo

    Having used the Microsoft keyboard and now SwiftKey and Swype, I can tell you this, you’re getting the best damn keyboard on a phone.

  • Vito R.

    This looks helpful, but I wonder how difficult it would be to overcome existing muscle memory. Also, iOS support for third party keyboards is still crappy.

    • MassDeduction

      How is third party keyboard support crappy in iOS?

    • Vito R.

      I find it never works right and is buggy in certain parts of the OS. It’s extremely annoying when you can have multiple different keyboards showing up in the same app. It’s just not as stable/consistent as using third party keyboards on Android.

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  • Hamid

    I just switched to Android from WP and what I miss the most is the WP keyboard. I was just looking up alternative keyboards a couple hours ago to the stock LG and Google keyboards so I’m excited that this is will come to solve the issue.