Microsoft announced its intention to discontinue SwiftKey for iOS in early October 2022 about two months ago. Fans were left perplexed by the company’s decision to abandon the project because it never provided an explanation. SwiftKey for iOS, however, hasn’t been dead for very long; after a little over a month, Microsoft is doing a quick about-face and bringing SwiftKey back to life.
SwiftKey for iOS was reinstated “with popular demand,” according to Microsoft Maps & Local Services Division CTO Pedram Rezaei (@pedram re), who made the announcement on Twitter. Users can expect exciting future changes as the business is currently “investing heavily in the keyboard.”
We are bringing #SwiftKey back to iOS due to popular demand.
(@pedram re) Pedram Rezaei 18 November 2022
We are left to speculate as to what Microsoft plans to do with its revived AI keyboard for iOS and Android in the absence of any additional information regarding what that “heavy investing” entails. Representatives of Microsoft promise some “very exciting” changes.
SwiftKey was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 for $250 million, becoming a part of the software behemoth. SwiftKey for iOS received no updates during the past year, but now that it is back in the App Store, you can anticipate it to start getting regular updates with new features and enhancements.
SwiftKey for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store, and SwiftKey for Android can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.