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Windows 10 gets smart Phonetic Indic keyboards in 10 Indian languages


Microsoft has announced the availability of smart Phonetic keyboards in 10 different Indian languages for Windows 10.

The updated keyboards are based on transliteration, rather than translation. This means that the keyboards will now enable users to work in their preferred languages, while continuing to type in Latin characters.

The supported languages include Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages.

As users type the Latin characters using the existing keyboard, Indic Phonetic keyboard will automatically convert the characters from one script to another. For instance, if a user types Bharat, the Phonetic keyboard will transliterate it to भारत (Hindi), ভারত (Bengali), ભારત (Gujarati) or ਭਾਰਤ (Punjabi) depending on the target language.

Additionally, this grasps the behaviour pattern and preferences of the user and accordingly shows personalized word suggestions in Indian languages. This will improve the accuracy of word input.

“The new tools will not only help in making computing inclusive they are also expected to improve typing speed and accuracy in Indian languages by at least 20%,” said Microsoft.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has tried something to make the internet more user-friendly for Indians. The recent update is a powerful step towards making computing more inclusive in India. The new virtual keyboard will reduce bring out the most intuitive experience for Indians by minimizing the user errors.

The updated keyboards have already been integrated with the recent Windows 10 update. The users who have not yet updated the operating system may get it by using simple steps: Go to Settings> Updates & Security> Windows Update. Once the update is installed, users can activate the Phonetic keyboards by going to Language settings.

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