While we've been aware that Microsoft would bring its Word Flow keyboard to iOS devices since January, we now have evidence that Microsoft's predictive keyboard is in closed beta testing with a limited number of iOS users thanks to a new report from MacRumors. A reader gave MacRumors a first look of the Word Flow keyboard on iOS that currently features sounds, themes, and a one-handed "Arc" mode accessible through a drag gesture. The reader added that the experience was "incredibly reliable for a beta."
Please find a detailed description of the features along with a video below:
In its default mode, the Word Flow keyboard looks a lot like a standard iOS keyboard, but its one-handed mode sets it apart from other offerings. With one-handed mode turned on, the keyboard morphs into a half-moon shape, arranging the letters to one side of the device for easy thumb access. The Word Flow keyboard supports both standard typing and swipe-based typing, as is one on third-party keyboards like Swipe and SwiftKey.
Standard keyboard features like auto correction and word prediction are included, with options to enable or disable a word learning feature that improves word predictions by sending keyboard usage information to Microsoft. Multiple Word Flow themes are included, including light and dark options, and there are also tools for creating custom themes based on images taken from the iPhone's Photo Library.
The WordFlow keyboard has long been one of the highly praised features on Windows Phone, but it's tempting to believe that this iOS beta version is more advanced than what we currently have on Windows 10 Mobile. Are you aware that it's actually possible to move the on-screen keyboard on both Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10? The feature is really useful on Windows phablets such as the Lumia 1520 and the 950XL, but we agree that it's could be more easily discoverable.
Microsoft has not shared when the Word Flow keyboard for iOS will be released for everyone, but we will let you know as soon as we get more information. Do you think Microsoft could improve the typing experience on Windows 10 Mobile? Please tell us about it in the comments.
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