Microsoft is testing out a brand new keyboard design for iOS. The Word Flow keyboard, already available on Microsoft smartphones, is getting an upgrade that will make it easier to type with just one thumb.
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The keyboard, which features on all Microsoft smartphones, is already excellent – its best asset is without a doubt the 'shape writing' element, which allows users to swipe their finger from letter to letter to form a word.
Its word prediction system is also one of the best across all smartphone brands, and Word Flow was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest mobile phone keyboard in the world.
Details of the iOS version have leaked, and we now know it will feature a fan-shaped keyboard, available at the press of a button.
The fan spreads out either in the left or right-hand bottom corner of the phone, allowing each key to be reached by a single thumb. This will come in especially handy to iPhone 6s+ users, who might struggle with the size of the handset.
The predictive engine that earned Word Flow its Guinness World Record will of course be featured, as well as shape writing.
Microsoft is currently testing this version internally, but an email to Windows Insiders testers reveals the company is looking for iPhone users to further trial the keyboard.
Following the release of Cortana, Outlook, Office and OneNote on the iPhone, this is the next step Microsoft is taking to spread their features across rival platforms.
No date has been given so far regarding the release date, but we should expect Word Flow to come to iOS in the coming months. An Android version is planned for later in the year.