SwiftKey is an incredible little offering that replaces the native keyboard on an iOS or Android device and makes typing much better. SwiftKey not only has a great “swiping” offering that allows users to type without lifting their finger from the keyboard, but also does amazing things by analyzing a user’s typing history (including their emails, social media missives, and text messages) and incrementally learning their usage patterns. SwiftKey then offers predictions for words a user might want to type – with these predictions becoming stronger over time.

Microsoft recently acquired the company for an impressive reported price tag of $250 million. Bear in mind that SwiftKey isn’t actually available on Windows Phone, so what is the rationale behind the deal?

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.