Microsoft plans to delist its SwiftKey predictive keyboard from the iOS App Retailer on October fifth, in response to a report by ZDNet. The information comes within the type of an electronic mail to Senior Contributing Editor Mary Jo Foley replying to a question about why the iOS app hasn’t acquired an replace in over a yr.
“As of October 5, assist for SwiftKey iOS will finish and it is going to be delisted from the Apple App Retailer. Microsoft will proceed assist for SwiftKey Android in addition to the underlying know-how that powers the Home windows contact keyboard. For these prospects who’ve SwiftKey put in on iOS, it can proceed to work till it’s manually uninstalled or a consumer will get a brand new machine. Please go to Assist.SwiftKey.com for extra info.”
The above assertion got here from Chris Wolfe, Director of Product Administration at SwiftKey. The announcement comes only a week earlier than the app is scheduled to be delisted from the iOS App Retailer. And with no motive given, customers can solely speculate as to why Microsoft is consigning their long-running keyboard app to a gradual dying.
Foley’s concept is that Microsoft’s iOS builders have decided there’s no good technique to make built-in merchandise resulting from Apple’s walled-garden insurance policies. If they’ll’t entry sure iOS interfaces, making apps requiring integration is pointless.
As of this writing, the SwiftKey app remains to be out there within the iOS App Retailer. The newest model is 2.9.2 and marked as up to date “1yr in the past.” There’s no indication from the app or the App Retailer that it’ll quickly be eliminated and ultimately axed.