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The new Microsoft Hub Keyboard is a multi-tasking keyboard app for Android (Update: iOS, too!)

By Ng Chong Seng - on 8 Apr 2016, 6:00am

The new Microsoft Hub Keyboard is a multi-tasking keyboard app for Android

Update, Apr 8: The Microsoft Hub Keyboard app is now available on iOS, too. Like the Android version, it's a software keyboard that lets you do more: easily insert the last text you copied, grab and share URLs of Office 365 documents in OneDrive and SharePoint; and share information of a contact from your phone or your Office 365 account.

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First published on Feb 24, 2016:

 

Microsoft may have bought SwiftKey, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to stop exploring other keyboard ideas. The latest keyboard app that dropped in the Google Play store is Hub Keyboard from the Microsoft Garage team (who else?), which promises to have you switch less between apps to complete a task.

For example, one of the quick access buttons that appears at the top of the keyboard is a clipboard tool that lets you copy and paste recent items. You can also sign in to your Office 365 work or school account so that you can easily search and share your OneDrive or SharePoint documents without leaving the app. Need to quickly grab a contact’s info? Just tap the contact button and search. There’s even a tool that translates what you’re writing to another language.

According to Steve Won, a senior designer on the Office team who came up with the idea for Hub Keyboard:

I may be in a text message conversation, then have to jump to contacts for a phone number […] Rather than forcing users to switch between apps, we bring those apps to them.

Hopefully, this means the team is exploring to bring more access tools to the keyboard, such as Dropbox integration.

Source: Microsoft.