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Microsoft’s latest app is a new Android keyboard

by Jacob Kleinman | February 26, 2015February 26, 2015 5:00 pm EST

Microsoft has been churning out new apps at an impressive speed, putting the best it has to offer on competing platforms like Android and iOS along with its own Windows devices. Now there’s one more new app from the company to check out, an Android keyboard meant for getting work done.

The new keyboard is designed specifically to work with Microsoft’s Excel app, and comes from the company’s experimental Garage incubator project. It’s a pretty simple keyboard, but adds a 10-key number layout on the left side like you’ve probably seen on some classic physical keyboard. That means you can blaze through Excel and other projects without needing to switch back and forth between letters and numbers.

Unfortunately, there are a few limits to what the new keyboard can do. It only works on tablets, which makes sense since it’s a little too wide for smaller smartphone screens. It’s also limited to English characters for now, and doesn’t even include correct or gesture-based typing.

Still, the new keyboard should be a welcome addition for any work-obsessed Android fans. Hopefully it won’t be too long before Microsoft improves the app, and maybe even releases an iPad version as well.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...