Microsoft hasn’t had much success through the years in the mobile war against rivals Google and Apple so it is trying to compete by buying popular Android and iOS apps in recent months. Its latest acquisition: SwiftKey, one of the most popular keyboards on the two biggest mobile operating systems.
The announcement was made in blog posts on both companies’ websites. On its blog, Microsoft says the purchase of SwiftKey, which is known for its ability to predict what a user will type based on their history, “supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud.” Microsoft says SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved “more than 100,000 years in combined typing time” and “nearly 10 trillion keystrokes” in more than 100 languages using the keyboard’s predictive capability since it launched for Android devices in 2010 and iOS less than two years ago.
In their blog post, SwiftKey co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock credited the app’s success to its userbase and thanked “the awesome team” that works on the app, who Reynolds and Medlock call “the heart of our company.” The founders promise that SwiftKey will continue to be available, for free, on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store, and that “they are as committed as ever to improving [their apps] in new and innovative ways.”
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.