Microsoft Acquires Keyboard App Creator SwiftKey

Microsoft Acquires Keyboard App Creator SwiftKey
SwiftKey Keyboard + Emoji Shawan Zain / Flickr CC BY 2.0

It looks like Microsoft is expanding. According to BBC, the Windows company has managed to acquire the UK-based artificial intelligence company SwiftKey. This news, which is starting to attract attention online, was also confirmed by both companies through Microsoft’s blog post and a statement by SwiftKey.


Posted on SwiftKey’s blog is the company’s statement announcing this milestone in the journey of the AI firm. The entry was Feb. 3 expressed the excitement of the team behind SwiftKey as they join the Microsoft family.

The startup that was started eight years ago in 2008 by two friends from Cambridge University managed to succeed in the field and is known within the industry. It boasts of hundreds of millions of supporters worldwide, with many leading mobile manufacturers also relying on the work it does in language prediction technology.

The AI company claims that it has helped users saved an estimated 10 trillion keystrokes across 100 different languages, which can result to up to over 100,000 years of reclaimed typing type if added up. SwiftKey says that building the best possible products for its consumers is still its number one priority and it will not be changing anytime soon.

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SwiftKey apps will continue to be available for free on Android and iOS platforms. It is committed to improving products in a newer and more innovative way. The blog written by the UK firm’s bosses Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock also includes a message of thanks to the company’s team who has joined them on their journey. The bosses also thank their team for being dedicated and hardworking.

SwiftKey is the latest company to be bought by the U.S. tech company.  The AI firm is known not only for its popular smartphone keyboard app but also for software used on Prof. Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, reports BBC.

The new deal furthers Microsoft’s new mobile strategy currently headed by Chief Executive Satya Nadella. It is unveiled that rather than focusing on hardware, the firm will be looking into building up a range of productivity software to be used on any kind of device.