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Custom keyboard via code

Allow to developers create a custom keyboard. eg. choose letters and numbers together

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on the backlog  ·  Cliff Simpkins responded  · 

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.


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  • Muhammad Naveed Jamali commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    if windows phone does not authorize developers to develop custom keyboard apps then it must provide bulletin Keyboards for languages which may be enabled or disabled by user. Specially Social media is entirely used in Native languages.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Tibetans are appearing on windows phones with no problem, but still have no keyboard. Needs improve it. even android and OS have it.

  • Rolf van Kuijen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We really need the APIs to develop a custom keyboard for Windows Mobile!
    Thanks, Simeone Vilardo.

  • Ashraful Haque Tushar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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..

  • alexis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Try getting more apps snap chat etc, and allow custom keyboard apps.

  • Mike-EEE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature would be very interesting. It would allow me to create a Hiragana/Katakana keyboard! =)

  • Roger Siegenthaler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Has there been any developments on this since it was marked as "ON THE BACKLOG" over a year ago?

  • balaji Soundrarajan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be an amazing addition to WP. Customized keyboards addressing different phone users(work related, SMS senders, etc)

  • Chet Murphy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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,

  • Mick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Now that android and iOS apps can be easily ported to Windows store, it must be availiable to WP develpers as well

  • John Nunn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    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.

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