Microsoft showcased a set of tools that help users enter Indian language text into computers easily and quickly, at the Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The beta version of the tools will be made available as a free download soon and will initially support the following six languages – Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. These tools have been engineered by the Emerging Markets Labs team of the Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) and the technology can be leveraged to support other syllabic languages beyond Indian languages.
These input tools use free-form transliteration. Users spell Indian language words in a natural (phonetic) way using English alphabet, which the tools transliterate into the right words in the chosen Indian language.