SwiftKey Update Brings Microsoft Account Support

The popular keyboard app SwiftKey has a new update rolling out in the Play Store today.  The update, version for those keeping score at home, is primarily a performance and bug fix release but there are a couple of new features of note too.

First, the app now supports signing in and synchronizing of your learned words and typing patterns with your Microsoft account.  Support for Google and email sign-ins have been support for some time now but not for those who prefer to use their Microsoft account.  Why is this a big deal?  Because Microsoft owns SwiftKey.  They bought the company in February 2016 so it seems odd that it took this long to bring support for their own accounts to their own apps.

The other major feature change is the app now supports QWERTY keyboard layouts for Venetian.  This should make using of the app a bit easier for those who speak the northern Italy dialect.

Finally, from a bug fix perspective, the inability to download themes by some users has been addressed and fixed in the update.  It wasn’t widespread but there were users of the app that were unable to download and use themes in SwiftKey, a not-so-critical but fun feature of the app.  This update should fix the problem but if you are still having issues, be sure to contact support through the app itself.

If you have SwiftKey installed, the OTA update will be coming to you over the course of the next few days to update you to this new build.  For those who haven’t tried the app, it is free and you can get it in the Play Store.