Microsoft today is rolling out a major update for the Swiftkey keyboard on iOS and Android. This significant update is the first major revamp of the digital keyboard since Microsoft acquired Swiftkey back in 2016. The version 7.0 release adds in a new toolbar, gives better access to GIFs and also paves the way for many more useful features coming at a later point.
With the new toolbar in this update, Android users should right away expect more straightforward access to quick settings, GIFs, and a new sticker and collections feature. The toolbar can be accessed by pressing on the “+” on the top left of the prediction bar and also replaces the existing Hub on Android.
On Android, you can use the new toolbar to edit stickers to your own style. Stickers can also be saved to a personal collection and can found at a later point by pressing on the pin icon in the Toolbar. Microsoft is working on exclusive sticker packs and more will be coming soon right from the Toolbar.
The location sharing and calendar sharing options introduced in this update are not yet available on Android and will be coming soon in the US and India. With location sharing, you can insert the address of a nearby location in a message. And with Calendar sharing, you can insert a calendar appointment with just a few sets.
If you’re on an iOS device you won’t be seeing the Stickers, Collections, location, or calendar sharing features. Judging from the graphic from the Swiftkey team above, it looks as though these features are Android exclusive for now. At any rate, you can find the download links for Swiftkey below.
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