Swiftkey is one of Android’s most popular virtual keyboard, if not the most popular. According to Financial Times report, Swiftkey is to be bought over by Microsoft, creator of windows software, current owner of Nokia.
This deal is reported to be in the tune of 250 million dollars, a quite large amount for a virtual keyboard company. I know ! – the question you will like to ask, is how does this benefit Microsoft, right. Well, considering Swiftkey’s fame among Android users, with an over 300 million installs, as well as the company’s artificial intelligence research. It is believed Microsoft wants take advantage of these strides made by Swiftkey to further strengthen their presence in the Android market, and also get a solid foothold in the burgeoning AI field.
Microsoft is likely to integrate Swiftkey keyboard into their devices, as the keyboard is only available to Android and iOS. If this acquisition will affect negatively the service of the virtual keyboard is unknown, and is unlikely. Considering the fact, Microsoft will be looking to reap-off the name the keyboard not the other way round. Android may not be comfortable with the deal, however you may be having a false alarm or you may be right – in time we will find out.
What do you think about this possible acquisition of Swiftkey?
source: Financial Times