If you’re a fan of custom iOS keyboards and want to add a bit more functionality to your text messaging, check out the newly-released iOS Hub Keyboard from Microsoft.
This nifty keyboard lets you copy and paste recent items, grab and share URLs of Office 365 documents in OneDrive and SharePoint, and easily send contact details.
“Personally I don’t like switching between apps to do different things on my smartphone,” says Steve Won, a senior designer on the Office team, who came up with the concept for the Hub keyboard as a personal project around one year ago. “But all these different apps on a smartphone, they have to conform to rules of a keyboard and that got me thinking about the project as an interesting idea I wanted to explore more. We’re giving users a wider gamut of tools.”
The keyboard was developed by the Microsoft Garage, a research lab inside Microsoft dedicated to “developing the hacking culture” with various cutting-edge apps and projects. It first launched on Android around one month ago, before making its way to iOS this week.
Hub Keyboard is available to download for free from the App Store. To use it, you’ll need to be running iOS 9.1 or later.