One of the most popular keyboard apps on both iOS and Android, SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft back in 2016. An improvement featured in the Windows Insider Preview build 17692, brings swiping gestures to the software keyboard, autocorrection, and word prediction. This makes it a lot easier for Windows 10 tablet users to type.
“SwiftKey gives you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style — including the words, phrases and emoji that matter to you,” Microsoft said. They also indicated that English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian would all be supported on the new Windows 10 integration.
SwiftKey is a keyboard application which is available for both Android and iOS devices such as smartphones and tablets. It uses a host of artificial intelligence technologies that allow for word prediction. It learns from previous messages and outputs messages based on inputted text.
SwiftKey’s addition to Windows 10 is in keeping with Microsoft’s vision of a Cloud Clipboard, allowing for the seamless sharing of copied data between devices. Microsoft announced that users logged into their SwiftKey keyboard would be able to copy content from one device and paste it to another, both for iOS and Android.
Microsoft did issue some warnings to users before making the upgrade. They advise that users should remove any Picture Passwords, or else experience a screen crash loop. “We recommend removing your Picture Password before upgrading to this build,” Windows Insider Program head Dona Sarkar said.
Also included in this upgrade is the ability to make text larger across the system in many apps, narrator upgrades, and the ability to stream audio both to the headset and PC speakers when using Windows Mixed Reality. A new advanced setting in the Edge browser will allow users to control which sites can autoplay videos. It is now also possible to find downloads right from the search area.