Very sad news came to our mailbox today. SwiftKey which is one of my favourite typing apps for Android have just now been eaten by Microsoft. On their blog the software giant writes “Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition”. Together with all negativity around Windows 10, Microsoft manages to aquire a very nice app that have made Android useable.
I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging SwiftKey_Logomark_mdpi-232x80SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey’s technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud. SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time. Those are impressive results for an app that launched initially on Android in 2010 and arrived on iOS less than two years ago. – blogs.microsoft.com quote
I remember when Blue Ribbon was acquired by Microsoft in 1995, and Microsoft subsequently merged Blue Ribbon’s technology with DirectSound. They just killed a very nice app for Amiga. However they let Blue Ribbon release their MIDI making software for free download. Microsoft is doing many strange things lately and aquiring SwiftKey is certainly one of them.