SwiftKey passes 500 million installs on Android

The swipe app joins the ranks of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

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Microsoft's popular swipe keyboard SwiftKey app passed 500 million installs Tuesday, according to its Google Play Store listing. First released for Android in 2010, SwiftKey was purchased by Microsoft for $250 million in 2016, and now joins a fleet of other Microsoft apps to reach more than 500 million installs, including Excel and PowerPoint.