Microsoft kills popular Word Flow iOS keyboard 'experiment', suggests SwiftKey as replacement

Steve Phelps
August 1, 2017

The company had projected the word flow as a "blazing fast keyboard" that was extremely suitable for "one handed typing" as per reports in CNET.

There's now one less digital keyboard for Apple iPhone and iPad users to choose from for typing text messages and emails. We encourage you to download the SwiftKey Keyboard from the App Store.

In the coming months, we'll have more to share about how we'll integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows.

Microsoft's unique keyboard for iOS devices called "Word Flow" has been removed from the App Store. I say "was" because Microsoft chose to pull the plug on the development and remove Word Flow from the App Store.

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It's unclear how many people had downloaded the Word Flow iOS app, but it's likely to have been a small number compared to SwiftKey. Born out of its experimental Garage arm, Word Flow was built for one reason: speed.

But it was always meant to be an experiment and now, according to its product page, that experiment is "complete". As you'd expect, the direct Apple App Store link for Word Flow no longer works.

The way to pressure the integration of the convenient curved design into SwiftKey is probably flooding the support webpage with relevant feedback, which the "product team" promises to frequently "evaluate" and base updates on.

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