US: Microsoft announced on Monday, that the company has acquired SwiftKey. Primarily known for its predictive keyboard, SwiftKey is the first UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm that has been bought by Microsoft. The company said it was a "milestone" in its history.
"Our mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. We think these are a perfect match, and we believe joining Microsoft is the right next stage in our journey," said SwiftKey's founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock in a blog post.
SwiftKey is also known for being behind the computer software on Prof Stephen Hawking's wheelchair. The deal furthers Microsoft's new mobile strategy, spearheaded by chief executive Satya Nadella.
Instead of focusing on hardware – where the company has a tiny share of the market with its Windows Phone range – the firm is now looking to build up a range of productivity software to be used on any kind of device.