Office 356: Microsoft's Keyboard for iPhone
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Microsoft Presents its Hub Keyboard App to the iPhone

The app has most effective transaltion feature among all

Mobile App published date 25th April, 2016 Joshua Anderson

Hub Keyboard: Microsoft finally released its very own keyboard for the iOS that comes equipped with quite a number of useful features like Office 356 integration and auto-completion inspired by SwiftKey. When it was launched for Android portability was not mentioned. Microsoft took over SwiftKey for $250 Million in February thus sparking rumors of a keyboard release.

SwiftKey is one of the most advanced alternative keyboards. This move was a part of Microsoft’s large-scale plan. The Keyboard release competition just heated up and even Google is said to be working on its own Keyboard for iPhone.

The Hub Keyboard App was developed by Microsoft Garage. A senior designer on the Office team of Microsoft who was annoyed about having to switch between apps first thought of the idea. Everybody got to work on the project in full earnest. The team was then brought down to seven that received funds for further growth. It was formed by integrating some common features and making them accessible from the keyboard. The App offers a wide variety of features that are designed to enhance your typing or chatting experience. Suppose you are chatting with a friend and you want to share a PowerPoint presentation saved on OneDrive, simply type the word ‘report’ on to the keypad and you will find a link to share the file. Another instance is if you are chatting with a person and you happen to mention the name of another person during the conversations. The keyboard will cue you to share the contact information of the person.

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The App provides the following functionality:

  1. Clipboard: The Hub Keyboard App comes with a multi-component keyboard which is a major development. A list known as ‘Recent Clips’ provides access to multiple clips from the same App.
  2. Documents: You can search for your documents on OneDrive and SharePoint using an Office 365 account that’s not Home or Personal. Type the name of the document in search and results appear. Select one document and the link to it is pasted into the text field.
  3. Contacts: Contacts work similar to Documents. But instead of a link to the document, here the information of the particular contact like name, home number, mobile number, email address etc. is pasted onto the keyboard.
  4. Translate: Translate is the best part of this keyboard. It translates text entered into the keyboard into a particular language as is obvious.

Office 365 users don’t seem to be very impressed with the Hub Keyboard for iOS. They are of the opinion that the App is not as robust as other keyboards apps. Thing is an iOS keyboard App that integrates not just with OneDrive but also with Dropbox, Google Drive, Instagram and Flickr. The Hub Keyboard does not suit people who have their files stored on different platforms. The App is missing a few features like the one-handed mode that was present on the Windows phone and also gesture-based typing. Nevertheless Microsoft could be planning to add these features in the future and one can only hope and wait.

Joshua Anderson

Joshua Anderson

Joshua is a writer at MobileAppDaily and also works as a reporter for the team to keep our readers up to date. He is breaking the mobile app technology news for MobileAppDialy since 2016 and has more than 4 years of experience as a tech blogger.

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