Microsoft’s WordFlow keyboard for iOS to have an interesting one-handed mode

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Last week, we reported about Microsoft’s WordFlow keyboard coming to the iPhone. Today, the folks over at Thurrott reported that the WordFlow keyboard for iOS will have a one-handed mode. Now, The Verge has confirmed the report, showing off the one-handed mode in all its glory. As you can see on the above image, WordFlow for iOS has an interesting one-handed mode.

If you have been following the Microsoft world for a while, you may remember that Microsoft has been working on this one-handed mode for almost 4 years. Back in 2012, our friends at WMPoweruser reported that Microsoft Research was working on a new keyboard designed for one-handed thumb typing. Unsurprisingly enough, that keyboard looks very similar to the one-handed mode in WordFlow for iOS:

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Other than the one-handed feature, there doesn’t seem to be any huge difference between WordFlow for iOS and Windows Phone. Here’s a picture of the keyboard in the “normal” mode:

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For those who don’t know, Microsoft is expected to bring WordFlow to other platforms, including Android. The company is expected to release the app for iOS to public testers soon, and it is also expected to come to Android later this year.

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