How to Use Microsoft's New Office 365-Powered Keyboard on Your iPhone
It seems like Microsoft has finally come to the realization that their Windows Phone mobile operating system is probably never going to compete in today's smartphone market. Why do I say that, you ask? Because they've recently started to embrace the more popular platforms by releasing some quality iOS and Android apps.
Case in point, they just released an innovative new iPhone keyboard that lets you send contact info and attach documents from Office 365 in a few simple taps. It's another free-thinking Microsoft Garage project, and so far, these all seem to be some of the more interesting apps from Microsoft. Read on below to see how it works.
Step 1: Install Microsoft's Hub Keyboard
Microsoft's new iPhone keyboard is called Hub Keyboard (which is also available on Android), and you can install it for free from the iOS App Store.
Once you've got the keyboard installed, you'll have to enable it before you can use it. So head to the General section in your main Settings menu, select Keyboard, then Keyboards. From here, tap Add New Keyboard and choose Hub Keyboard under the third-party keyboards section.
Next, tap the Hub Keyboard entry in your keyboards list, then toggle the switch next to the "Allow Full Access" option. Finally, tap Allow on the popup, then you'll be just about ready to try your new keyboard.
Step 3: Sign in with an Office 365 Account to Get Extra Features
For the most part, Hub is just a keyboard. But it differentiates itself from other options on the market by allowing you to easily attach contact info, as well as Microsoft Word and Excel documents, from your Office 365 account.
To use this feature, you'll have to sign in with your Office 365 account. So open the Hub Keyboard app from the home screen, then tap on the Login button. From here, just follow the prompts and enter your account info, then you'll be all set to go.
Step 4: Send Office Docs & Share Contacts While You Type
From here, you'll find that it works just about how you'd expect—at least when it comes to typing, which is a fairly standard experience. But the really cool stuff starts to happen when you tap the grid icon in the keyboard's top-left corner. The tabs that appear in this interface will allow you to quickly attach a link to any Office document, or send contact info from your Office 365 account.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft's new approach to mobile apps—are you excited to see more? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to check out 6 other third-party keyboards you can use on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.