Last year, Microsoft launched its Word Flow keyboard for iOS. The keyboard was different from other popular third-party keyboards already available on the App Store and Microsoft kept updating it regularly with new features and enhancements.
Now, almost a year since the last update, Microsoft has silently killed Word Flow for iOS. The keyboard’s listing on Microsoft’s Garage page now says that the experiment is complete and recommends users to download SwiftKey from the App Store instead.
The Word Flow experiment is now complete! We encourage you to download the SwiftKey Keyboard from the App Store. The SwiftKey product team is frequently building and evaluating new features for SwiftKey and shipping updates. We encourage feedback at https://support.swiftkey.com.
Microsoft acquired SwiftKey last year and has been regularly updating the keyboard since then with new features. It’s likely that the Word Flow team over at Microsoft is working with SwiftKey to integrate its prediction engine with that of SwiftKey to make it an overall better keyboard. The arc-shaped typing style found on Word Flow is yet to make its way to SwiftKey though.
Considering that Word Flow was a port of Windows Phone keyboard, it makes sense for the company to shut down the experiment since the OS itself is no longer being actively developed by the Redmond company.
Were you still using Word Flow on your iPhone or iPad? Or had you already made the jump to Gboard/SwiftKey?