Windows Phone 8 gets ahead of the curve with new keyboard

Windows Phone 8 gets ahead of the curve with new keyboardIt's been a breathless month in the world of mobile, with practically all the big players revealing (or delaying) major platform developments that are set to play out over the coming months.

But with the big announcements themselves all made, now comes the even tougher game of staying in the news until what you've announced actually materialises.

Microsoft has already laid the groundwork by pointedly stating that we haven't actually seen most of what Windows Phone 7.8 will deliver (never mind Windows Phone 8), a repeat of how it played the run-up to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango's arrival – and did so quite successfully, it must be said.

Yet we're not sure if this is part of the officially-unofficial leak of new features, or simply a fringe WinPho development that has found its way into the spotlight accidentally. Either way, it looks interesting.

It's a curved software keyboard layout clearly designed for one-handed thumb-typing that was snapped during a Microsoft Research presentation on an HTC Trophy handset, and revealed to the wider world by WMPowerUser.

Is it being lined up as an official WP8 feature? Or just knocking about as a Promising Idea at Microsoft Research? We don't know – but we're willing to keep an open mind considering how Windows Phone 7 already has probably the best default software keyboard of the major players.

Now who was it that said we were anti-Microsoft on this site?

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Treab  Jul. 2, 2012 at 19:06

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 19:45

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.

Treab  Jul. 2, 2012 at 19:51

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.


your a windows phone user :O i thought you were the one causing the arguments... when did you join us on the dark side.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 19:53

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.


your a windows phone user :O i thought you were the one causing the arguments... when did you join us on the dark side.


are you talking to me? or pondlife?

bilbob  Jul. 2, 2012 at 21:38

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.


your a windows phone user :O i thought you were the one causing the arguments... when did you join us on the dark side.

Treab, I think that was Jans version of sarcasm...!

Pondlife  Jul. 2, 2012 at 21:56

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.


your a windows phone user :O i thought you were the one causing the arguments... when did you join us on the dark side.


are you talking to me? or pondlife?


Pokes Jan with stick.

So wonder how long it'll be before the first copy of this idea appears on Google Play, before wp8 arrives I'll bet.

I text with left hand mainly so hope it can switch sides.

Treab  Jul. 3, 2012 at 03:10

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.


your a windows phone user :O i thought you were the one causing the arguments... when did you join us on the dark side.

Treab, I think that was Jans version of sarcasm...!


ahh german sarcasm i see... well they always say the germans dont have a sense of humour ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 11:37

Me and the rest of us Windows mango users ;)

And me.


your a windows phone user :O i thought you were the one causing the arguments... when did you join us on the dark side.

Treab, I think that was Jans version of sarcasm...!


ahh german sarcasm i see... well they always say the germans dont have a sense of humour ;)
We invented humour.

Pondlife  Jul. 3, 2012 at 14:43

Just like we invented football only to see everyone else do it better?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 3, 2012 at 15:01

Just like we invented football only to see everyone else do it better?

hahahahaha :p

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