Back in February, Microsoft released an intriguing keyboard replacement app called Hub Keyboard on Android. Today, the firm shipped Hub Keyboard on iOS as well, bringing its useful multitasking functionality to the Apple ecosystem.
“When you’re on your smartphone, you may frequently toggle between apps, especially when you’re trying to share information with someone via mail or text message,” Microsoft explained back in February. “Now you can say goodbye to all that switching back and forth thanks to Hub Keyboard, which keeps you in your conversation, bringing in relevant information to help complete common tasks.”
So now, Hub Keyboard is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. From what I can tell, it appears to work exactly like the Android version, with just minor UI concessions that make sense in iOS. Which means it provides the following functionality:
Clipboard. The Hub Keyboard’s multi-item clipboard offers a big improvement over the default, where you can store only one item in the clipboard. And using the “Recent clips” list, you can even access multiple clips (copies) from a single app, which is a really nice touch.
Documents. This lets you search documents in your OneDrive and SharePoint documents using a work, school, or university Office 365 account. (So not Office 365 Home or Personal.) Just type in a search term and document results will appear right above the keyboard. When you select one, a link to that document is pasted into whatever text field you’re using.
Contacts. This works similarly to Documents: Type in the name of a contact and a list of contacts will appear as you do so. When you select a contact, their information—name, home number, mobile number, email address, and so on—is pasted.
Translate. In some ways the most impressive feature of this keyboard, the Translate item lets you translate text you’ve typed into another language. It’s pretty sweet.