Just over a week ago, rumors began to surface about Microsoft’s plan to bring its Word Flow mobile keyboard app to iOS. Now, there’s a report that says an early version of the technology—which will feature a special one-handed operating mode for Apple’s devices—already exists and is being tested.
Building on the Windows phone keyboard, Microsoft’s Word Flow will is expected to use separate user interfaces to accommodate both right handed and left handed users. The new, one-handed design, which appears as a fan style layout with each keyboard row on an arc—and similar to the one from Windows Vista—will make it easier to type using only your thumb. On the already existing Windows phone, the feature appears as a QWERTY keyboard, which is placed off to the right side of the screen. But for the iOS version, the keyboard will fan out from the bottom right or left corners of the screen—depending on which hand you’ve chosen in your preferences.
According to the report, the ergonomic-based iOS Word Flow will come with the usual set of features found on the Windows version—emoji character input, word auto-completion recommendations, and an intelligent swipe-based typing mode.
Microsoft has been making a lot of consumers happy in recent years due to their willingness to share their technology so that it can be used along with different platforms. Because of their openness, people are seeing a lot great products rise that are now Microsoft base. The software giant was hailed by many for lending its Cortana voice-recognizing virtual assistant to Apple’s mobile devices this past December. The company had ported other central Windows features to iOS before that.
While the cross-platforming has been a boon to the company, not everyone is happy with Microsoft’s recent method of operation. This new feature will most stir up some contempt with those who are currently using Windows 10 Mobile. Many are already beginning to feel as if Microsoft is abandoning them and their own platform every time they take something that was unique about their original operating system and give it to iOS and Android users.
In fact, recent comments on Thurrot.com have been less than pleasant about the news. Take a look at a few of the comments below about this new iOS technology:
“This is just another middle finger to Windows Phone / Mobile users.” —Thinus
“I guess it’s only a matter of time before I have to choose between Apple and Google. Please tell me a meteor is scheduled to hit soon.” —RudyRedSox
“Microsoft turning every single windows phone fan to 100% Microsoft haters.” —vmxr
So is it a case of ‘you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t’? It seems that could be it could be. But one thing that is always certain in every aspect of life, which Microsoft should keep in mind, is that you can’t please everyone.
While there is still no official release date for the iOS Word Flow edition, many believe we may see something in the next few months. And FYI, Microsoft also said that an Android technology version is also in the works.