Android fans wanting to try a Windows 8 tablet haven't really had the choice of a glide-based keyboard in the vein of SwiftKey Flow or Swype, in part because the OS isn't designed for an easy replacement. After months of teasing, though, CooTek claims to have the remedy with the launch of TouchPal Keyboard for Windows 8. The software naturally centers on the sliding, predictive input method for those who've grown used to typing with one finger versus many. Thankfully, it's not a one-trick pony: the Windows 8 adaptation also includes the components from TouchPal's mobile editions, including an optional split keyboard and plugins. We most like that it's free, which should make it that much easier to skip the Type Cover for many of those considering a Surface Pro.
Update: It turns out that the app hasn't quite reached the Windows Store yet -- check back in the near future.
Windows 8 Users Get First Predictive Slide Keyboard with TouchPal Keyboard
New keyboard from CooTek alleviates the difficulty of typing on Windows 8 devices with advanced predictive sliding technology
San Francisco, Calif. – February 21, 2013 – Award-winning application developer, CooTek (www.touchpal.com), today announced the Windows 8 version of its free intelligent keyboard, TouchPal Keyboard. It features the same capabilities as CooTek's existing Android and iOS applications (mwne.ws/13Zcp8u), including sliding input, contextual prediction, blind typing and extendible plugins, and adds the option for a fully customizable split keyboard layout. TouchPal Keyboard runs on Windows 8 touchscreen tablets and any x86 based Windows 8 computer.
Typing on a Windows 8 touchscreen device can be challenging and TouchPal Keyboard solves this issue by making it easier for people to use their devices at home or in the workplace. As only cross-platform keyboard app and the default keyboard on devices by leading manufacturers including HTC and Sony, TouchPal Keyboard allows businesses that allow their employees to bring their own devices to work to benefit from higher productivity across the board.
"As Windows 8 machines continue to be adopted by businesses and consumers, we knew that they would need a custom keyboard to make typing easier and faster than ever," said Michael Wong, CEO of CooTek. "Our Android and iOS versions have significantly improved the mobile experience for users, and we are excited to extend its benefits to Windows 8 device owners."