Why Microsoft Bought SwiftKey

Nothing like a good report to shake out the truth. Microsoft msft announced on Wednesday that it acquired SwiftKey, an eight-year-old London company that makes a software keyboard for mobile devices that adapts to ensure more accurate typing. Its software can be found on hundreds of millions of Apple iOS and Google Android phones around the world. The news was first reported by the Financial Times on Tuesday. The original report said the price was about $250 million, though the companies themselves wouldn’t say. But the most interesting piece of this deal is centered on artificial intelligence. The machine learning capabilities that power SwiftKey’s “predictive” keyboard can be used in myriad ways. Tech industry giants have long known about the potential of AI, but the proliferation of mobile devices and…


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