Custom keyboard via code
Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together
Provide an API which which controls the soft keyboard (SIP), such as methods to show/close SIP, a bool that prevents the SIP from adjusting the screen dynamically (for example, when the SIP scrolls the screen up to compensate for a multi-line TextBox).
The ability to create a custom keyboard SIP would be nice. An example could be a custom "SIP InputScope" in the Visual Studio's "Add New Item" dialog box, which creates a XAML/C# based way of editing the SIP (as if we were creating a UserControl)
With Swype, you can type much faster.
Current WP7 does not allow the keyboard to be replaced. Even though default keyboard is nice, I'd like to see a swipe version.
Allow the user the option of choosing a non qwerty keyboard layout, as a full keyboard can be really frustating at times due to the small keys.
There is a lack of global focus from the team. Proper language input is essential for Asia in particular to grow the overall user base of the platform. Asian languages have a variety of input methods and only a few have been included in Mango. Allowing developers to create keyboards and also update the underlying dictionaries and prediction will allow a far greater adoption of the platform.
Thanks for the suggestion. I’m marking this as under review to note that the teams are aware of this suggestion and that it is under consideration.
Rolf van Kuijen commented
As long as the custom keyboard is only inside the app (and not outside like Android) I wouldn't mind having this for a better internation app.
When it goes outside the App there will be a lot of security issues!
We really need the APIs to develop a custom keyboard for Windows Mobile!
Thanks, Simeone Vilardo.
Ashraful Haque Tushar commented
Custom Keyboard is very important. Specially for Bengali language. Here we use Three types of keyboard in Bangladesh - Bijoy, Provati & Phonetic. In India they have also different keyboard layout.
Sebastian Forman commented
First word works.
Next word doesn't work, but only adds a space
Second attempt works.
You have to either manually press space between each word, or Swype each word twice.
Bug is only in Edge web browser in input fields..
Fawad Hussain commented
Still no response?
Try getting more apps snap chat etc, and allow custom keyboard apps.
Wow... 4700+ votes, and it's been over a year since the last MSFT response on this... what is the status of this (very popular -- currently rated #2) feature request?
This feature would be very interesting. It would allow me to create a Hiragana/Katakana keyboard! =)
Roger Siegenthaler commented
This would be great, it would ease the transition for users from iOS/Android significantly if they didn't have to learn how to use a new keyboard. Also the current standard for winphone8.1 is very sub-standard. For me personally the problem is I would like to make smaller keyboards (less height) to show more content as well as have shorter distances between the keys.
Has there been any developments on this since it was marked as "ON THE BACKLOG" over a year ago?
balaji Soundrarajan commented
This would be an amazing addition to WP. Customized keyboards addressing different phone users(work related, SMS senders, etc)
Chet Murphy commented
I too need at least one custom keyboard for my app. I can get by during testing but not being able to customize the keyboard will make it more difficult for my customers,
Javid Yagubali commented
Still waiting for this feature
Now that android and iOS apps can be easily ported to Windows store, it must be availiable to WP develpers as well
Kagami Sascha Rosylight commented
I need this feature to customize Korean Hangul keyboard. There are several custom keyboards in Android but not in Windows Phone.
John Nunn commented
In my opinion this is the best keyboard for touch. It would ideal if MS incorporated it and its features (i.e. sliding, glossary, macros) into Win10.
US Patent # 5487616
John Nunn commented
I have been using Android solely because Android allows the creation of custom keyboards; Android supplies a custom keyboard sample in its SDK. I use the FITALY keyboard in my android phone (Samsung Note 2). I use the FITALY keyboard in my Win8.1 tablet (Dell Venue 8.1 Pro) in desktop and use the tablet in desktop mode mode exclusively since it runs the actual FITALY keyboard .exe that was created for Windows x86 tablets about a decade ago. I used FITALY in Windows Mobille before the OS became obsolete.
Try adding a feature just like on iOS for changing characters (i saw that on iOS you can type some verry intersting letters) Good Luck guys! :D
Øystein Lund commented
Customization of the keyboard would be nice.
Or at least add single buttons of predefined functionality:
- Like "Done","Next" (control - keeping the current keyboard open or shifting to a Number keyboard if the inputscope of the next control is different)
Microsoft today released a new app for Android device named ‘Keyboard for Excel’ as part of their Microsoft Garage Project. This app provides a keyboard optimized for numbers. It delivers speed and efficiency to Excel users entering data.
So, MS realize that a custom keyboard is usefull.
It's time to allow the same on WP