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Microsoft SwiftKey keyboard app returns to the Apple App Store one month after being delisted | Digit

Although Microsoft discontinued its SwiftKey keyboard last month, it has returned to the Apple App Store. As mentioned in a report published by The Verge on November 19, 2022, the SwiftKey keyboard is available for iOS users once again after it was removed in October. In a statement to the publication, Microsoft’s Caitlin Roulston said that “based on customer feedback, SwiftKey iOS has been relisted on the Apple App Store.”

SwiftKey is back on the App Store, but why?

Although the keyboard app is back on the Apple App Store, SwiftKey’s latest update is from August 11, 2021. This indicates that the company has simply reinstated the app on the App Store without making any changes. It looks like Microsoft has planned some changes. 

Microsoft’s VP and GM of OneNote and Office products, Vishnu Nath, has recently tweeted about the keyboard app, saying, “stay tuned to what the team has in store for it!” Hence, users might want to stick around for a bit, hoping that SwiftKey improves over time and becomes popular among iOS users. 

The SwiftKey keyboard originally became popular on Android and launched on iOS in 2014, as it was iOS 8 that brought support for third-party keyboards. Two years later, Microsoft acquired the SwiftKey keyboard app. 

The Windows maker was impressed with the keyboard’s word prediction technique that used a neural network instead of standard algorithms used by other keyboards at the time. While the app was delisted from the Apple App Store in October 2022, it has remained available on Google Play Store. 

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