Microsoft Buys Artificial Intelligence Startup SwiftKey

Microsoft has acquired U.K.-based artificial intelligence startup SwiftKey, best known for its predictive keyboard used by Stephen Hawking, in a $250m deal. SwiftKey co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock described Microsoft and their startup as “the perfect match” and said its apps will continue to be available for free. “We believe joining Microsoft is the right next stage in our journey,” Reynolds and Medlock said in a joint blogpost on Wednesday. “Eight years ago we started out as two friends with a shared belief that there had to be a better way of typing on smartphones. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers “We’ve come a long way since then; today hundreds of millions of people around the world, and many of the leading mobile manufacturers, rely on our language prediction technology.” SwiftKey,…


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