About a month ago, Swype released the latest beta of its popular virtual keyboard, expanding the functionality of is predictive text engine. That was good news for Android users, sure, but that still leaves plenty of smartphone owners left out. You can get Swype for Symbian, or on an aging Windows Mobile handset, but that’s little solace to a Windows Phone 7 user. There may hope in sight, though, with CEO Mike McSherry discussing the possibility of getting Swype onto future WP7 smartphones.
The key to making this happen, as McSherry sees it, would be to leverage the company’s relationship with Nokia. Thanks to Nokia’s new dedication to making WP7 smartphones, it’s closer than ever with Microsoft. Nokia also happens to be one of the companies that has invested in Swype. So, while Microsoft probably doesn’t want to see every WP7 manufacturer start coming out with phones sporting their own custom input software, if it’s going to make an exception, Nokia might be the company to get it.
For now, as far as we know, this is just wishful thinking on McSherry’s part. He also mentioned wanting to bring Swype to the iPhone, but without any special access to Apple, there hasn’t been any headway made.