Windows 10 mobile users are familiar with Microsoft Word Flow Keyboard. This keyboard, which is one of the favorite features of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL owners, is now coming to iOS. The keyboard remains the same on both the platforms, but is introducing only one change on iOS. What is it?
Microsoft Word Flow Keyboard for iOS will come with One-Hand Mode for ease of use. Even though this one-hand mode is available on Windows 10 mobile as well, what is different with the iOS version is its ability to work on both sides. How does this help? By working on each side, Microsoft Word Flow Keyboard will allow you to either swipe the letters or type as per your convenience. Other features like emojis and word suggestions will remain the same.
The Verge first got its hands on the picture of Microsoft Word Flow Keyboard for iOS and also broke the news with details of Microsoft’s plans about the keyboard. In its report, The Verge wrote, “In an email to some Windows Insider testers, obtained by The Verge, Microsoft is looking for iPhone users to trial the Word Flow keyboard. It’s not clear when Word Flow will be released publicly on iOS, but Microsoft is already ready to test it more broadly so it will likely arrive in the coming months.”
Why is Microsoft making exclusive Windows 10 mobile features available on other platforms?
Microsoft with Windows 10 launched with some exclusive features. These are the features that marked the re-entry of Microsoft into the smartphone business. Then why is the company not keen on keeping them exclusive? Why is Microsoft World Flow keyboard and Cortana being made available on rival platforms like Android and iOS?
There can be two reasons for this. One, by allowing Android and iOS users to experience Windows 10 features on a platform they are comfortable on, Microsoft is also making them familiar with Windows 10. Once this happens, whenever Android or iOS users plan to switch to other OS, Windows 10 can become their first choice. We can say that it’s a long-term plan.
Another reason for this is the number of Windows 10 users. Yes, Windows 10 is receiving appreciation and love, but that is not enough to keep the smartphone business running. Microsoft will also need a lot of cash to bring the changes the company wants to for its Lumia/Surface phones. Making the “exclusive” features available on other operating systems is a win-win situation for both parties.
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