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SwiftKey, the winner of the Cambridge Ring Hall of Fame Company of the Year Award 2015, has been acquired by Microsoft for $250m.

As well as the popular smartphone app, SwiftKey is known for being behind the computer software on Professor Stephen Hawking's wheelchair.

Co-founded by Computer Lab graduate Ben Medlock, SwiftKey is the latest UK artificial intelligence (AI) firm to be bought up by a US tech giant.

DeepMind, co-founded by fellow Computer Lab graduate Demis Hassabis, was bought by Google for $400m in 2014.

Published by Jan Samols on Wednesday 3rd February 2016