BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Ever get frustrated over having to switch between applications all the time just because that sweet little keyboard of yours can’t get things straight? Well, it seems that Microsoft thought really hard and came up with a solution. Let the phone do all the work with Microsoft Hub Keyboard, an app designed to save you a lot of time.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was actually an application out there that could help us do some heavy lifting when it comes to working outside of Office applications? Imagine how long it takes to access documents or photos or video or whatever once you are inside a conversation. Think about the frustration, the shattered nerves and the homicidal thoughts you’d harbor against your defenseless smartphone.
Well, you can now cut back on your Dexter routine because Microsoft’s here to save the day. And it doesn’t have a super-hero cape, just a bunch of great ideas. The application, which is called Microsoft Hub Keyboard, comes straight from the drawing board of Garage, Microsoft’s innovation division.
The idea of a true multi-tasking keyboard belongs to Steven Won, the senior designer of the Office division. Won said a while ago, that it’s quite laborious to work around with documents and presentations once you are engaged in a conversation. So, he thought of a plan, ran it over a couple of times with his team, and actually manage to build something that can help the user in some many ways.
Actually, the process was much more complicated. It wasn’t enough for a man to have an idea. Won took his project to the science fair held by Microsoft. There he managed to win the hearts of some techie. And, long story made short, the company liked his idea, put together a team of 7 techies and created the application.
The history lesson is over, so let’s take a look at the application. How do you use the Hub Keyboard? Basically, you can download and install it like any other app found in the online store. Once installed an activated, each time you will want to type in a message to someone, a charm bar appears just above the word suggestion bar.
From here, you can perform a quick search for documents, PowerPoint presentations, excel sheets, photos, pictures, contacts, mail and others. Unfortunately, you can only use this application in order to search for Office 365 documents. But think about how much time you will save by having an improved toolbar which you can use to search for things throughout your phone.
And to make things spicier, you can also use the Hub charm bar in order to translate words and sentences into other languages.
Let the phone do all the work with Microsoft Hub keyboard, an app designed to spare your phone from an untimely death.