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TouchPal: A Windows 8 keyboard that predicts, swipes and types

TouchPal, a versatile software keyboard long available for Android(s goog) and iOS(s aapl) devices is now on the big screen: Microsoft(s msft) Windows 8 computers. On Thursday, CooTek, the company behind the software announced its new Windows 8 touchscreen support.

The free keyboard software is meant to speed up input while also making it easier to type, doing so with an on-screen keyboard that can be configured and resized. Word prediction is also a feature. And fans of the Swype keyboard interface used by many mobile keyboards will be happy to see gesture-based typing. You can trace out words by sliding your finger from letter to letter using the TouchPal Curve function:

There’s certainly nothing wrong with the default software keyboard that Microsoft includes with Windows 8, but it’s nice to see some third-party options in the market. Even better: some of the better functions found in mobile device keyboards are making their way onto larger displays to help improve the typing experience.

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