Microsoft Garage's WordFlow app is among the best third-party virtual keyboards on the market. Since its launch on the rival iOS platform, the app has been well received. Microsoft is now issuing a huge update for the iOS version of WordFlow.
WordFlow has been available on the iOS App Store and iTunes since February. The service was made possible after Apple opened up its mobile operating system to allow third party keyboard implementations.
The latest update for Microsoft's service is substantial. Indeed, the company has worked in a number of new features. WordFlow users on Apple should be pleased with the results. Not least because some of these features have been much requested, while other improve functionality.
Among the changes, Microsoft has brought 3D Touch support to the cursor. 3D Touch is Apple's screen tech that senses pressure for different commands. You can check out Microsoft's full changelog below:
- Search for GIFs, images, and emojis to better express yourself
- Find Contacts – when you need to share that person's phone number
- Look up restaurants, news, videos, facts, weather forecasts, and much more
- New predictions, including GIFs: icons that show up as you type along with word suggestions that can help you express yourself better.
- Control the cursor placement with 3D Touch
- Accuracy improvements, particularly around space bar, and in arc mode
- Support for iOS Text Replacement function
- New themes!
We think that is an impressive update. Predictions for GIFs and icons is a welcome addition and something users have been wanting. Also, adding search functions for GIFs, images, and emojis will make finding content easier within WordFlow.
All-in-all, the update continues to keep the app as one of the most dynamic third party offerings. It also highlights Microsoft's willingness to open its services up across platform. The company has not held back features and has instead fully supported its services on rival systems.
The app is a Microsoft Garage project that is actually not available to Windows Phone users. Microsoft has not launched WordFlow on its native OS for some reason. We imagine envious and angry glances will be cast towards this update today.