After several leaks, Microsoft officially announced Word Flow keyboard app for iPhone in April last year. Apart from the swiping mechanism and intelligent word prediction engine, Word Flow for iPhone featured free customization options and included Arc mode for easy, ergonomic one-handed typing. Many Windows Phone users who switched to iOS found this keyboard app really helpful since it offered the same Windows Phone keyboard-like typing experience.
Back in August last year, Microsoft released a major update for Word Flow that allowed users to search for GIFs, images & links from the web and contacts & emojis from the phone without leaving the keyboard. Despite positive reviews from users around the world, Word Flow keyboard remained a Microsoft Garage project and it was limited to users in the US. Microsoft has now confirmed that they are killing this project.
We will be wrapping up the Word Flow experimental project with the Microsoft Garage. The feedback and lessons learned will be used to improve the SwiftKey keyboard to continue to bring users a blazing fast keyboard with super-accurate autocorrect and intelligent next-word predictions. The SwiftKey product team is frequently building and evaluating new features for SwiftKey and shipping updates.
They have stopped the development of Word Flow app altogether and it will not be made available to users for download from now on. Existing users who have already installed on their devices can continue to use this app. Microsoft mentioned that they will use the feedback learned from Word Flow app to improve the SwiftKey keyboard app for iOS.
If you are interested, download the SwiftKey Keyboard from the App Store and give it a try. Microsoft last week released a major update for SwiftKey iOS app with emoji prediction, improvements to 3D Touch and more.