Word Flow Keyboard from Microsoft Embraces iOS with Exclusive Additions

April 30, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It seems like Microsoft has a never-ending love for developing non-native keyboards. Following the launch of its Hub keyboard on Android and iOS, Microsoft is now bringing out a new keyboard, which this time comes exclusively for iOS devices.

You might wonder why Microsoft has preferred to roll out two distinct keyboards, but we must say that the move is a wise one. This is because the two new keyboards from Microsoft stand completely at two different poles.

While Hub focussed on tapping in multi-tasking features on board, the new app on presenting the classic Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard features along with new ones to the iOS.

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Some of the features that get carried forward from the Windows Flow app are the intelligent sentence predictions, word input through tap or swipe etc. Additionally, iOS users can enjoy some extra features too. These include background customization and a new one-handed mode. This should be useful for those having the bigger iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus variant.

The one-handed mode, called Arc mode, can be triggered on by tapping the arc icon located at the top. Two icons are available for you to set the position of the on-handed keyboard to the right, or to the left. Doing so will have the keyboard transformed into an arc-shaped ergonomic design for easy typing with one hand.

It was earlier rumored that the Keyboard will be made available initially as beta. But surprisingly, Microsoft has made it available for free in the App Store now for US users. The app is developed by Microsoft’s Garage team.

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