Microsoft has acquired mobile keyboard company SwiftKey, which produces an app of the same name, along with the underlying technology that powers it. Available for both iOS and Android, London-based SwiftKey has been operating since 2010, and uses complex AI, machine learning, and natural language processes to make typing on a mobile device faster and more accurate.
In a blog post, SwiftKey founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock say SwiftKey isn’t going to change, and development will continue on the Android and iOS apps, adding they’re “as committed as ever to improving them in new and innovative ways.”
SwiftKey app and associated technology has been acquired by Microsoft
Microsoft intends to bring the SwiftKey technology to its own products, including the Word Flow Windows keyboard, and to make good use of the AI, predictive, and cloud technology that runs SwiftKey. Microsoft’s Harry Shum says this, “aligns with Microsoft’s investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems.”
No financial details were released regarding the deal, but the Financial Times estimates it was in the region of $250m.