Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for 0M as part of AI buildout

 Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence program with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard of the same name. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Financial Times reports Microsoft paid out some $250 million for SwiftKey and its underlying technology. While the firm markets an eponymous predictive keyboard that has seen success on both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms, as well as BlackBerry 10, it’s the artificial intelligence that Microsoft is after.”There’s a war for talent in artificial intelligence — and companies like Google and Microsoft recognise the best talent is in the UK,” one source said.Current versions of SwiftKey apply an artificial intelligence algorithm — the so-called “n-gram” database — that monitors user input and applies a…


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