Microsoft acquires Swiftkey – Update

Feb

4

2016

Microsoft has acquired Swiftkey, the British company behind the eponymous keyboard application based on artificial intelligence. Microsoft would have paid $ 250 million for Swiftkey was founded in 2008.

Microsoft completed the acquisition of SwiftKey confirmed after earlier claims of the Financial Times this. Microsoft continues to develop the app for Android and iOS but also wants to integrate the technology into its World Flow keyboard 10 for Windows Mobile, iOS and Android. Swiftkey is headquartered in London and employs 150 employees, including San Francisco and Seoul. Many of them would go to work at Microsoft Research, according to the FT.

It is not clear why the company took over from Redmond SwiftKey, but maybe doing it Microsoft artificial-intelligence technology behind the keyboard app. SwiftKey uses them to predict what word the user is typing. It has brought the app hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

Previously used SwiftKey this n-gram algorithms, in which the predictions are based on word orders in previous similar sentences. Since last year, uses the British company neural networks to “understand” to the app actually what words mean and to make better suggestions. SwiftKey also positioning itself as a company in the field of language technology. Even Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair includes the company’s technology, to assist the scientist in communicating.

SwiftKey makes money including through Samsung and BlackBerry, which set the standard app on devices. Microsoft rose in recent years on more popular apps technology to get their hands on the mobile market, including e-mail service Acompli, Wunderlist for to-do lists and calendar app Sunrise.

Update, 09:30: Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition. The message was edited here.

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