Swiftkey, the successful keyboard app that took over the one in Android and iOS was acquired by Microsoft recently for a whopping sum of $250 million.
The keyboard app relies on artificial intelligence to predict the next word likely to be typed and also it’s auto-correcting feature, contributes for the wide spread reach of the app on both Android and iOS.
This acquisition not only powers Windows but also paves way for AI’s potential significance in apps for a more enhanced user experience.
Here’s what the founders of swiftkey, Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock had to say,
“Eight years ago we started out as two friends with a shared belief that there had to be a better way of typing on smartphones,” they wrote.
“We’ve come a long way since then; today hundreds of millions of people around the world, and many of the leading mobile manufacturers, rely on our language prediction technology.” and that joining Microsoft is the right next stage in their journey.
The Executive vice president Harry shum of Microsoft stated that
“Microsoft would continue to make the service available on “all platforms,” not just those operated by Microsoft.”
Shum also mentioned that “In the coming months, we’ll have more to share about how we’ll integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World RecordWord Flow technology for Windows.”
Microsoft has also acquired some productive apps like email app Acompli, the calendar app Sunrise and Wunderlist that offers the to-do-list in recent times.
Looks like Microsoft is onto making it big on the mobile platform where they are still at the bottom rung of the ladder.
Can these acquisitions help Microsoft see the transformations they want in their Windows Mobile platform?
Well, only time can tell.
Source: Microsoft blogspot