Microsoft always wanted to bring a better keyboard solution on
Windows 10 PCs in order to refine typing on a touchscreen.
A while ago, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone-like keyboard
on Windows 10 which refined the typing experience on a
touchscreen device. Microsoft today announced that the SkiftKey
features will be finally integrated into Windows 10’s keyboard
for better prediction, suggestions and intelligence.
The SwiftKey-powered keyboard experience is now available on
Windows 10 with Insider preview Build 17692, and it would
become available for everyone with
Redstone 5 update, scheduled to arrive in October.
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explain that the
new and revamped keyboard experience will give you more
accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your
writing style on your Windows 10 device.
SwiftKey will suggest accurate words, phrases and emoji that
matter to you when you’ll use the touch keyboard to write in
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and
Russian. Support for more languages will be added soon.
The keyboard comes with several new features and with swipe
support for shape writing. It’s worth noting that this is the
first swipe keyboard that is available on Windows 10-powered
PCs, laptops and tablets.
SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, and at this point,
it’s one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android.
The powerful prediction engine mixed with the Windows Phone
keyboard interface looks good on PCs.
You can also insert emoji into a conversation, and easily
scroll through the entire collection of the emoji. It appears
that the emoji suggestions will be also displayed at the top
based on the word.