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By Jason Snell

Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard arrives on iPhone

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I have not had a lot of luck with third-party iOS keyboards. But I’m intrigued by the new Microsoft Garage release Word Flow, a third-party keyboard with smart predictions and some cute personalization features.

I’m particularly intrigued by Arc, a one-handed typing feature that brings all the keys within thumb’s reach when you’re only able to type with one hand while holding your iPhone. This might especially be a nice feature for Plus users.

The app is free to try, and if you’re looking for an improved typing experience, it seems like it’s worth it. Unfortunately, all third-party keyboards are somewhat hobbled on iOS because some features—like access to system shortcuts, dictation, and 3D Touch cursor movement—are limited to Apple’s default keyboard.

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