Microsoft's iPhone keyboard has unique one-handed mode

Microsoft is solving the one-handed typing problem in keyboards with their upcoming Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone. Holding nothing back.

Published Tue, Jan 26 2016 10:01 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:01 PM CST

Microsoft isn't holding back anything from their upcoming Word Flow iPhone keyboard app. The new app is going to be a replica of the Windows smartphone keyboard, but it'll feature a unique one-handed mode that's different and very usable compared even to the Windows 10 Mobile version of the same.

Microsoft's iPhone keyboard has unique one-handed mode |

Photo credit: The Verge

The one handed mode on the Windows 10 Mobile version has been an unbridled success for Microsoft. People love it and it's surprisingly useful. As phones become larger in size, one-handed convenience is sacrificed. The Windows version just makes a compact keyboard on either side, which is effective yet still somewhat limited.

The iPhone Word Flow app will morph into a fanned layout, that the developers have noticed is much easier to work with. You should be able to type one handed just as fast, if not faster, than when the iPhone enjoyed a 3.5" screen. And you'll be able to access word suggestions, emoji and, of course, swipe words all from the compact fan arrangement. What a unique way to solve a problem. It actually looks useful, but we'll see once we actually go hands-on.


Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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