Microsoft always wanted to bring a better keyboard solution on Windows 10 PCs in order to refine typing on a touchscreen.
A while ago, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone-like keyboard on Windows 10 which refined the typing experience on a touchscreen device. Microsoft today announced that the SkiftKey features will be finally integrated into Windows 10’s keyboard for better prediction, suggestions and intelligence.
The SwiftKey-powered keyboard experience is now available on Windows 10 with Insider preview Build 17692, and it would become available for everyone with Redstone 5 update, scheduled to arrive in October.
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explain that the new and revamped keyboard experience will give you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style on your Windows 10 device.
SwiftKey will suggest accurate words, phrases and emoji that matter to you when you’ll use the touch keyboard to write in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Support for more languages will be added soon.
The keyboard comes with several new features and with swipe support for shape writing. It’s worth noting that this is the first swipe keyboard that is available on Windows 10-powered PCs, laptops and tablets.
SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, and at this point, it’s one of the most popular keyboard apps on iOS and Android. The powerful prediction engine mixed with the Windows Phone keyboard interface looks good on PCs.
You can also insert emoji into a conversation, and easily scroll through the entire collection of the emoji. It appears that the emoji suggestions will be also displayed at the top based on the word.