New Arc soft keyboard may be coming to Windows Phone 8

Reading time icon 1 min. read

Readers help support MSpoweruser. We may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tooltip Icon

Read our disclosure page to find out how can you help MSPoweruser sustain the editorial team Read more

curvedy keyboard

More than a year ago we reported on Microsoft designing a “one handed and next gen soft keyboard” for Windows Phone 8.

We now have a picture of the keyboard in question, courtesy of a leaked Microsoft Research presentation.image

The keyboard is designed for one-handed thumb typing without having to look and features several keys clustered together, leveraging disambiguation to decide what word is in fact being typed.

The change would be Microsoft’s  most radical change to the Western SIP yet, and is reminiscent of the curved keyboards found in the old Microsoft UMPCs.

Apollo will also bring extended national Soft Keyboards including a new Korean design.

Seeing the keyboard demoed on a HTC Trophy of course also gives us hope this will in fact also be coming to Windows Phone 7.8.

Do our readers like the design? Let is know below.

More about the topics: microsoft research, windows phone 8

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *