Microsoft’s SwiftKey Purchase Is About Artificial Intelligence, Not Software Keyboards

Microsoft’s purchase of Britain’s SwiftKey software keyboard company has less to do with the mechanics of entering text on a touchscreen and everything to do with the growing role that context is playing in artificial intelligence. While it has its own Word Flow predictive keyboard technology, Microsoft has been diving deeper into intelligent assistance with Cortana. SwiftKey had always talked about the potential for the keyboard to be a useful space to take action, in addition to just entering letters or words, based on the rich set of contextual information that can be gleaned from what a user is typing. The deal, a source confirmed, is in the range of $250 million and is expected to be formally announced Wednesday London time. However, the Financial Times got the scoop, reporting…


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