Microsoft buys SwiftKey – maker of artificial intelligence keyboard app

Two Cambridge graduates who quit their day jobs to develop a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence are set to become multi-millionaires after their firm was bought by tech giant Microsoft in deal reportedly worth £174 million. SwiftKey was set up in 2008 by Jon Reynolds and Dr Ben Medlock and their app is now used on 300 million devices every day. The company has also worked with Cambridge-based Professor Stephen Hawking, helping the scientist and author to upgrade his communications, applying predictive language software to his system and enabling him to speak faster and continue to give lectures. Mr Reynolds and Dr Medlock said in a statement: “We’re excited to announce an important milestone on SwiftKey’s journey. As of today, we have agreed to join the Microsoft family.” Microsoft’s…


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