Evidence for T9 keyboard found in Windows Phone 8.1

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Besides the rumoured Swype-style keyboard in Windows Phone 8, it seems the OS is preparing to offer some text input options which harken back to the 90’s.

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It appears we may be seeing T9-style keyboards, possibly in combination with a Swype-style keyboard.

The information comes via the MUI files from Windows Phone 8.1 emulator, extracted by Windows Phone Lover.

The keyboard will likely be a soft keyboard as mocked up above, but given Microsoft’s impetus to expand into the really low-end with Nokia’s feature phone business, I would not be surprised if we one day see a proper Nokia-style phone with keyboard.

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