Two months after its withdrawal, Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard is back on the App Store!

Small twist of the weekend, the Microsoft SwiftKey keyboard from Microsoft is back on the App Store, two months after the announcement of its withdrawal.

the return of the keyboard acclaimed by users

However, this return seems very strange and a bit rushed. In effect, despite this surprise reappearance on the shelves of the App Store, the app does not display any new features. The latest update is n°2.9.2, dating from August 11, 2021. But it seems that behind the scenes things are moving a bit. Indeed Vishnu Nath, Microsoft’s VP and GM of OneNote and the Office product groupencouraged fans to stay tuned to what the team has in storewhile Pedram Rezaei, Microsoft’s CTO of maps and local services divisionfor his part said that the company will invest heavily in the keyboard.

Apparently, users were very insistent and demanded the return of the function en masse. Indeed, last September, the Redmond firm ended support for its predictive keyboard SwiftKey for iPhone, with a little notice, since the application was withdrawn from the Apple store the following week. At that time, it was not the first third-party keyboard to provide this service, and to have to bow out. The reasons for the abandonment of SwiftKey or even FlickType (however the latter has been pushed out a bit, but since the dispute has been settled by agreement) must include the fact thatApple now provides similar functionality since iOS 13 via QuickPath.

In the press release, Microsoft soberly stated: from the October 5, SwiftKey iOS support will end and be delisted from the App Store. For customers who have installed SwiftKey on iOS, it will eventually continue to work until it is manually uninstalled or the user gets a new iPhone.

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