Swype is a beloved text entry system designed for touchscreen mobile devices. From the inventor of the worldwide text entry system known as T9, Swype works by letting users drag a finger across every letter in a word without letting up. The software then figures out the intended word and places it within the dialog.
At the recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, two presenters were seen demonstrating the GPU-accelerated HTML effects present in the next generation of Internet Explorer, IE9. Each monitor used ten-finger multitouch – no physical keyboards were present.
One of the shots showed the monitor while the presenter brought up an on-screen keyboard. But what was this? Not the built-in Windows on-screen keyboard, that’s for certain. Instead, the monitors were seen using what was obviously a Windows 7 implementation of Swype, designed for use on a larger screen.
Whether Swype plans on releasing the software, or perhaps whether Microsoft licensed its use for the desktop OS or even its next-generation mobile OS, is as yet unknown. Additionally, while the revolutionary touch keyboard has clear advantages in smaller mobile devices, it has to be questioned whether using it on such a big screen – especially one with such multitouch capability – brings any real speed and efficiency increases.