SwiftKey, the company behind the popular third-party SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS and Android devices, is being acquired by Microsoft, reports Financial Times. Microsoft is said to be purchasing SwiftKey for $250 million in a deal that will be announced imminently.

The SwiftKey keyboard has been available on Android devices since 2010, expanding to iOS in January of 2014 through the SwiftKey notes app. When Apple included support for third-party keyboards in iOS 8, SwiftKey was one of the first companies to produce a keyboard replacement app.

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SwiftKey's keyboard is notable for its word prediction tools, incorporating artificial intelligence and machine learning to make custom word predictions based on what a user has previously written. Microsoft will likely use SwiftKey's technology to bolster its own AI-based products, including its Word Flow keyboard and virtual assistant Cortana.

Top Rated Comments

Paradoxally Avatar
109 months ago
And now Swiftkey will go downhill. Time to move to Swype.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bubba Satori Avatar
109 months ago
$250 Million for a freaking virtual keyboard company? This is total insanity.
It's almost as bad as $3 billion for Beats.

No, nothing is almost as bad as that.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JorgTheElder Avatar
109 months ago
How about "Mobile device keyboard maker"... they made an Android keyboard years before you put 3rd party keyboards on iOS.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nicky G Avatar
109 months ago
$250 Million for a freaking virtual keyboard company? This is total insanity.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Laurence Eckert Avatar
109 months ago
They are a keyboard maker for Android and iOS. Don't make it sound like they are just developing for iOS (in the title), just because this is an Apple website.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gco212 Avatar
109 months ago
Hope they continue to develop their keyboards with the level of care they currently do. It's easily the best keyboard on the market.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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