The upgraded app developed by Microsoft’s internal R&D division, Microsoft Garage, the app is now one of several third-party keyboards the company has developed for mobile use.
Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for iPhone just got a significant upgrade this week, adding a search engine for emoji, GIFs, and more from Bing.
The new built-in search is obviously meant to compete with Google, after Google previously released the Gboard keyboard for iPhone with built-in search.
Word Flow was first launched on iOS earlier this spring, following its release on Windows’ own smartphone and desktop platforms. The app then supported what are now standard third-party keyboard features, like the ability to text via swipe, similar to the keyboard app Swype, or tapping on suggested words to speed up typing, for example.
The app previously offered intelligent word suggestions and support for one-handed typing, the new release now incorporates information from its Bing search engine into the experience, allowing users to look up information on restaurants, news, videos, weather, GIFs and more.
Word Flow app was first launched on iOS earlier this spring. The app then supported what are now standard third-party keyboard features, like the ability to text via swipe, similar to the keyboard app Swype, or tapping on suggested words to speed up typing, for example.
What made it unique, however, was the one-handed typing mode which displays a wheel-like interface that pops off the side of the screen, allowing users to reach all the letters with just a thumb.
The new version 2.0, the app includes support for Bing, GIF and emoji search, too. It will even predictively suggest GIFs and other things from the web as you type, the company says. The app also has the ability to control the cursor placement via 3D Touch, various accuracy improvements, and support for the iOS text replacement function.
The updated app allows you to look up information from the web, like news, videos, facts, weather forecasts, and more, and it can access your Address Book to find contacts more easily when you need to share a phone number.
>>You can download the app here