Microsoft says it has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices.
According to Microsoft, SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time. The SwiftKey app was launched for Android in 2010 and arrived on iOS less than two years ago.
Commenting on this acquisition in a post, Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Research, Microsoft, says the acquisition “is a great example of Microsoft’s commitment to bringing its software and services to all platforms. We’ll continue to develop SwiftKey’s market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio.”
Microsoft believes that SwiftKey’s predictive technology aligns with its investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that “can work more on the user’s behalf and under their control.”