Why no alternative keyboard input methods ( e.g. swiping ) for Windows 10 Desktop ?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by svenster, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. svenster

    svenster Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Having used swiping keyboards in the Android world for years and being quite satisfied by the results I can't imagine why Microsoft doesn't have them available for all Windows 10 platforms, particularly tablets. It's been too many years to be in development so who knows the real scoop ? I'm imagining licensing constraints, copyright infringement or data collection inferiority compared with Cortana.
     
  2. jhoff80

    jhoff80 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The newest Insider build brought a new keyboard to desktop W10, based on a combination of W10M's Wordflow and SwiftKey, which Microsoft bought. It included swipe typing / shape writing as long as it's in the one-handed mode.
     
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  3. Starlight5

    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    @jhoff80 fantastic news! better late than never! (=
     
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  4. FZelle

    FZelle Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Unfortunately you can't switch back, so you only have that sh.... mobile keyboard.
     
  5. jhoff80

    jhoff80 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Based on today's build's changelog, that was a bug. After updating I have the full-sized one in addition to the new one-handed one. Only problem is they got rid of the 'standard' one which included the function and arrow keys, which was a very useful additional option to have.
     
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  6. Starlight5

    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    @jhoff80 standard layout is activated by additional setting, maybe the update reset it?
     
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    jhoff80 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Nope, that setting is gone now. The keyboard is apparently rebuilt so they didn't make the standard one.
     
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