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Word Flow, the Microsoft keyboard on iOS will have a one-handed mode

The main functions remain unchanged compared to the original for Windows, but there is a way to use a renewed and intelligent hand

(Photo: The Verge)(Photo: The Verge)

We already knew that Microsoft was working on an iOS version (further for Android) of its Word Flow keyboard originally developed for their smartphones: the move is part of Redmond's strategy aimed at bringing its technologies and services to a audience as large as possible. A few hours ago, for the first time, thanks to an anticipation of The Verge, we were able to take a look at the software being worked on by the company's developers, discovering that the keyboard in question quite different than we used to to see it on Windows Phone and Windows 10.

The look, as was expected, consistent with the graphic language of iOS, while the substantial change in the one-handed use, useful on smartphones with a more extreme diagonal like the Microsoft phablets of the XL series and the Plus editions of the latest iPhones. The iOS version in fact reconfigures its keys in one fan arrangement, which can adhere to both the right and left side of the display. The solution should be more ergonomic than the alternative adopted by Microsoft on its own phones, where the set of keys remains substantially unchanged by compacting simply and in a less elegant way towards one of the two sides of the screen.

remain unchanged the other characteristics, such as the algorithm for predicting subsequent words and the ability to write by continuously sliding the finger on the keys, which gives the keyboard its name.


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