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    Daniel Weis

    I use this feature almost every day to quickly pull information. I still would like to have the option to disable, and I would like to be able to set the search provider to Google. That said, I haven't had a search that I specifically needed Google for, Bing works fine, I just prefer Google.

    I don't think the word "search" is necessary. Make it a globe and magnifying glass, or IE icon and save some real estate.

    Something everyone seems to be missing here is the built in browser is amazingly light weight. It uses a fraction of the resources that Chrome requires, so someone using a low end phone might see a substantial increase in responsiveness compared with the browser app they're using currently.

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    Permanently deleted user

    I don't care what search engine it is built with it just serves the purpose for which it is built. I am not going to rely on it for search.
    But even if I use it I don't like it's huge icon for no purpose. A small 🔍 will serve the purpose. And even this should be optional for those who don't need it.

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    Ryan P

    Hello everyone,

     

    For anyone not on our beta app. We updated it today:

    • The Search bar has turned into just an icon, same as the rest
    • It can now also be turned off and moved around

    Thanks for all the feedback.

    Best,

    Ryan

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    Permanently deleted user

    I still prefer bing logo. But the point is bing is very poor for specific answer. When I search for "what is the height of everest?" it is just pull out Wikipedia article instead of giving me the particular answer. I wish microsof should not own this keyboard. Microsoft just ruin this popular keyboard.

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    Daniel Weis

    @Ryan
    Thanks for the update! The design language is much more salient now.

    @Tareque
    I just searched "what is the height of everest?" and it gave me 29,029 ft. Sorry your point doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

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    Daniel Weis

    As useful as the screenshot button is, it would be a lot better if there were a save button and a create sticker button in the crop menu instead of just send

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    dhsilver2002

    Having the search window option is a useful feature; but offering only Bing as the engine is manipulative.
    You should allow users to choose any search engine —Chrome, Duck-Duck, Safari, Firefox, etc. —to search & to set as the SwiftKey default search engine.
    Thanks for your kind attention.

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    Ian Pycroft

    Please make this optional. It's very irritating and not everyone likes to use Bing, and it takes up a lot of space on an otherwise useful tool bar. Everything else on the tool bar is optional, so why not the search bar too?

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    Mickcarter

    Why isn't this optional like everything else on the toolbar?

    It takes up 1/3rd of the tool bar on my screen and has made the toolbar useless to me as I pretty much just have a giant search box tied to a search engine that I would never use.

    PLEASE make it optional. Your app was once the most customisable keyboard out there, but now you are forcing Bing onto everyone who uses it. That's not only biased towards Bing, but it's also completely against your brand image to force something onto the keyboard without being able to turn it off. 


    • What about the people who do like it but actually prefer to use other search engines and are now stuck with Bing? Let us choose a different search engine.

    • Why are you being biased towards Bing? Windows was forced through a lawsuit to offer their users other search engines during setup of their internet browser as it was found to be unfair to the competition - isn't this exactly what you are doing?

    • Why add a search bar to the keyboard when there is one on the android homepage, at the top of every browser and on most quick access tool bars on phones, tablets and PC's - think Cortana for example?

    • What about the fact that most people just use voice commands on their phones to search?

    • What about older people like myself who have really tiny phones?

    • What about people who don't want to have a search bar?

    • What about the lack of customisation that you've left your users with that was once your claim to fame?

    • If you insist on making it mandatory to have it there, why can't you make it a button like everything else?

    • If you insist on making it mandatory to have it there, why can't you make it smaller?

    • If you insist on making it mandatory to have it there and you're unwilling to make it a button, why not at the very least make it shorter - then it could expand when you use the search box for you to type in rather than it taking up so much precious screen room.

    • Why not keep with your brand image and make it customisable like everything else?

    • Why not listen to your users before they switch to a different keyboard? There are countless other great keyboards these days that offer almost identical services, and most of your users probably don't even utilise the full extent of your app anyway.



    Please do the sensible thing and make it removable. I don't want it, and clearly a lot of other people don't either as there are even articles on various websites about it...

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    Alpert

    In our latest 7.2.1.17 version (Updated on Jan 24 2019) the Bing search can be turned off. 

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    Will Schroeder

    @Alpert still no option for Google search instead of Bing? I know you are Microsoft, but can you not add the option, rather than lose those of us that use Google?

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    Alpert

    Not sure if anyone found, but Google search engine option is live in our beta.

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    Hi Albert, thanks for the update! I was waiting for this.

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