Microsoft has been releasing its own apps on Android lately, but it's apparently looking to buy one now. Financial Times reports Microsoft is swooping in to snap up keyboard maker Swift Key for $250 million.
Swift Key is running on millions of Android devices, plus the ones from OEMs that license and re-skin Swift Key. Now Microsoft could extend its reach to all those devices very soon.
As neither company is talking (we've reached out to SwiftKey), it's impossible to know what Microsoft has planned. The Al technology in Swift Key's predictive engine is certainly interesting, as evidenced by the impressive per formance of the alpha app it released a few months ago. It seems likely Microsoft will keep offering the app on Android with such a huge user base. And hey, maybe they can just cram Cortana in there too?
Swift Key has been one of the top keyboard apps on Android for years, even when it was a paid app. Finding the pemiL. m . PP model didn't suit it, Swift Key moved to freemium in 2 SK has never talked about how successful it has been at selling themes, but they won't have to worry about that anymore with big daddy Microsoft paying the bills. The deal will be made official later this week according to Financial Times.