Microsoft's 'Word Flow' Keyboard for iPhone Launches in the U.S. App Store

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After a closed beta earlier in the month, Microsoft today has launched its Word Flow Windows Phone keyboard in the United States iOS App Store for free. As expected, the iOS version of the app comes with a handful of themes for users to customize the keyboard with, along with the ability to speed up one-handed texting with its unique "Arc mode."

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Word Flow keyboard's "Light" theme

Arc mode bends the keyboard into a circular shape, hugging whichever side of the iPhone a user's dominant hand will be typing on, allowing for more efficient one-handed typing than a traditional iOS keyboard. Its default interface doesn't differ from other third-party keyboards, letting users switch between tapping and swiping on the fly to enter text.

As with Apple's included keyboard, Word Flow has a predictive text feature, and users can even turn on a word learning option that will bolster the app's predictive capabilities for each user by sending keyboard information to Microsoft. Elsewhere in the app, users will also be able to upload their own pictures as customized keyboard themes, and even track their typing speed once Word Flow is granted full access in Settings.

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Word Flow keyboard with a custom image theme

Anyone who wants to check Word Flow out can download it from the App Store for free [Direct Link], although it is currently limited to United States users only.

Top Rated Comments

Sheza Avatar
62 months ago
US only... not interested.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wegwhehwegqwegqew Avatar
62 months ago
Kudos to Microsoft for using San Francisco instead of their own font. It always irks me when a good third party keyboard looks inconsistent with the interface.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MMan5797 Avatar
62 months ago
This is the first third party keyboard I haven't uninstalled within minutes due to bugs. That said, there is definitely a learning curve and I'm not typing as fast as I can on the normal keyboard
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jal217 Avatar
62 months ago
I really like it but I just realized how often I use 3D touch for text selection. I really wish apple would put out an API for this and its dictation feature. Now I'm torn between this great one handed keyboard and those two deatures.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
62 months ago
Dang this looks pretty cool, love the one hand typing. Not out in Canada either though, bummer.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboy88 Avatar
62 months ago
Very well done for a first release. I love how they allow you to access emoji and then jump right back to their keyboard. That annoying cycling behavior from most 3rd party keyboards has kept me away from them.

I do wish it supported 3D Touch to move the cursor around which I use very frequently. I don't think that's limited by API access although I could be wrong.

Here's hoping that iOS 10 allows for Siri dictation on 3rd party keyboards as well.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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