Microsoft has announced that the SwiftKey predictive keyboard will be removed from the App Store on October 5, leaving iOS users to search for an alternative.
As ZDNet reports(Opens in a new window)Chris Wolfe, director of product management at SwiftKey confirmed the delisting, saying:
“As of October 5, support for SwiftKey iOS will end and it will be removed from the Apple App Store. Microsoft will continue to support SwiftKey Android as well as the underlying technology that powers the Windows Touch Keyboard For customers who have installed SwiftKey on iOS, it will continue to work until it is manually uninstalled or a user gets a new device. Please visit Support.SwiftKey.com for more information.
No clear reason was given as to why the iOS version(Opens in a new window) keyboard is removed. iOS users were already suspicious as SwiftKey hadn’t received an update in over a year, and now those suspicions have been confirmed. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley suspects that “Apple’s policies regarding safeguarding its walled garden” have simply made SwiftKey impossible to integrate properly with iOS in the future.
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A new entry(Opens in a new window) on the Microsoft SwiftKey support page also confirms end of support and removal from the listing: “We are ending support for Microsoft SwiftKey iOS. Thank you for being a user of our product. Please visit data .swiftkey.com(Opens in a new window) for more details on the management of your data. The app will be removed from the App Store on October 5, 2022.”
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