Swype-like keyboard set for Windows Phone 8.1, report says

The technology would allow users to slide a finger across the keyboard, rather than hunt and peck, to type out messages.

Swype, the much-ballyhooed virtual keyboard technology that allows users to run their fingers around the keys to type out messages, might soon have a competitor on Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft is planning to offer a Swype-like technology in Windows Phone 8.1, The Verge reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the company's plans. A video was posted by UnleashThePhones purporting to show the technology in action.

If Microsoft decides to go with the new input method, it will mark a significant change in the way most device owners type messages by hunting and pecking. According to The Verge, the technology can be disabled for traditional typing.

Microsoft is slated to announce full details on Windows Phone 8.1 in the next couple of months and release the final version to developers in April.

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