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Microsoft Creates a New Way to Type on Phones

Published: June 3, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 comes with many new features. The most interesting among them is probably Shape Writing, a new way to type in the touchscreen of a smartphone.

Instead of pressing the buttons in the screen one by one, with Shape Writing users must slide one finger through the keyboard making small pauses in the letter they want to pick.

To prove that this way of typing is fast, Microsoft researchers and Windows Phone engineers challenged and broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest text message using a smartphone touchscreen.

Users of the new operating system will be able to write in this way since the beginning, without having to install any app or set their phones in any way.

Only time will tell if this new way of typing is to be preferred among smartphone users. If that happens, Microsoft's new operating system will have a remarkable advantage over the others.

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