Ever since Microsoft released Windows Phone 7, they have been praised for the smooth and intelligent on-screen keyboard that gives corrections. It is not simply
an auto-correct; the user can get different suggestions whenever he or she types a letter.
Microsoft then tried to improve
that keyboard to become more accurate and intuitive. Formerly called Quick
Correct, the intuitive feature of the onscreen keyboard is now called Word Flow. Why waste time using your old phone when you can sell cell phones for cash to get this one?
We all make mistakes when we type. This is why Microsoft created the Word Flow feature for Windows Phone 8. As mentioned earlier, it is an improved and renamed version of the Quick Correct on Windows Phone 7. This feature helps users avoid typographical errors and helps them communicate smoothly with the people they want to send messages to. Fewer typos help users type faster!
Word Flow was also developed to reflect how people communicate every day. It not only knows correct grammar, but also pop culture and even slang. This greatly improves Word Flow’s suggestions and corrections and makes it more accurate than Quick Correct or any other auto-correct.
Since each person has different styles of communication, Microsoft designed Word Flow to learn any person’s writing habits. It is constantly learning, so for each use it personalizes the suggestions and corrections to suit the user.
In short, the Windows Phone 8 keyboard learns any user’s typing style to improve its suggestions, making typing smoother and faster.
A More Personal Keyboard
Although the English language has grammar to follow, not all English speakers follow or know correct grammar. That’s where slang comes from. We use slang, unconventional spelling and shortcuts. Word Flow takes into account how people use language on their smartphones. Merriam-Webster dictionary is not enough, nor the auto-correct function of Microsoft Word.
During the phone set-up (and in the Settings menu), there is a checkbox dedicated for improving text suggestions. If a user checks the box, that means he or she is giving permission to collect typing data. This is important for Windows Phone 8 to personalize the on-screen keyboard. Besides, checking the box does not mean that the system will use your password and other personal data. It only uses the words you type to develop Word Flow more.
According to a blog from Windows (blog.windows.com):
To make the phone smarter about pop culture and slang, we also turned to Twitter and Wikipedia to help inform our dictionaries. As fun as it would’ve been to read Twitter and Wikipedia all day, we instead built programs to “crawl” these sites for new and commonly-used words. (Although we still have to manually review the results, tossing out irrelevant content like twitter hashtags and web addresses.)
The blog also says that the Windows Phone 8 operating system uses “hit targets,” the sensitive areas for each letter. These areas get bigger or smaller whenever a letter is tapped. It changes continuously since they adjust their sizes to predict the next letter the user will hit.
The system will also keep the words and phrases the user types in. The “dictionary” starts blank until the user types words on the keyboard. This is how Word Flow learns the style of the user. These words are then used to create suggestions and corrections and to adjust hit targets, improving the accuracy of Word Flow.
Thanks to Word Flow, the
on-screen keyboard of any smartphone running on Windows Phone 8 is the most
accurate and intuitive auto-correct feature out there. If you have a Windows
Phone 8 smartphone, you’ll notice that the more you type, the more it becomes personalized.
Now that’s what I call smooth typing! No wonder they called it Word Flow; the
words just flow as you type! This is the time to sell your old smartphones for cash and get this awesome Windows 8 smartphone.