Microsoft launches Indian language supporting software

Hyderabad, Nov 25 ( Microsoft Wednesday showcased a set of tools that will enable users enter text in six Indian languages into computers easily.

The beta version of the tools will be made available as a free download soon and will initially support Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. The technology can be leveraged to support other syllabic languages.

The tools have been developed by the Emerging Markets Labs (EM Labs) team of the Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) here.

Users will have to key in the Indian words phonetically using English alphabet, which the tools will transliterate into the correct words in the chosen language.

“There is a huge demand to consume and interact with Indian language content today,” said Srini Koppolu, corporate vice president and managing director of MSIDC.