Microsoft Word Flow keyboard brings its curved one-handed typing to iOS

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Beta testing can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different developers. Some use it as a last once-over, exposing some pre-release software to a segment of the public in order to help uncover any not-yet-spotted bugs. Others seem to use it as a nearly perpetual testbed where new features make their debut shortly before hitting an app’s public build. So when we see an upcoming app make its beta debut, as happened with Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS a couple weeks back, we don’t always know what to think. As it turns out, this was one of those quick-last-check betas, and Microsoft’s already giving Word Flow the green light for a wide public release.

Just as we told you when that beta landed, Word Flow does standard keyboard stuff like predictive text, supports “shape writing” swipe input, and can be customized with user-selectable keyboard background images.

But Word Flow’s claim to fame is undoubtedly its curved one-handed Arc mode, positioning its keys to facilitate thumb entry with users still holding the phone in that same hand. It’s configured to work across iPhone sizes, from the 5s to the 6s Plus.

Following the beta test, today Microsoft puts the Word Flow keyboard up in Apple’s App Store for whoever chooses to download and install. Word Flow follows Microsoft’s Hub Keyboard to iOS, which arrived earlier this month.

Source: Microsoft (iTunes)

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!