Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Finally Microsoft has updated Windows 10 (May 2019) with Indic Phonetic keyboards for 10 indian languages

In order make technology accessible and productive for people of India who speaks different Indian language , Microsoft India has provided new Phonetic keyboards in Indian languages to Windows 10 user as May 2019 updates. The new feature is available in 10 Indian languages including Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The new Indic Phonetic keyboards are in addition to the Indic Traditional INSCRIPT keyboards already available with Windows.

 The keyboards now allow Indian users to work in their native/preferred languages unlike before when many of them had to purchase customized Indic hardware keyboards or stickers. This has made it simple for users to input transliterated Indic text using the existing keyboards which traditionally have Latin characters inscribed on them. Transliteration, unlike translation, automatically converts text from one script to another. For instance, if we type ‘Bharat’ in Latin characters, the Phonetic keyboard will transliterate final output to भारत (Hindi), ভারত (Bengali), ભારત (Gujarati) or ਭਾਰਤ (Punjabi) depending on the target language.

Setting up and using Indic Phonetic keyboards:
Go to Time & Language in Settings and select the language from the navigation menu
Click on the + icon labelled and add the preferred Indic language (by selecting into the search box and select it – for example “Hindi” and click on the next button and install the Indic language on the device, which will then return to the Language page)
Go to language page, select the language and then click the options button to go to language options page.

Add the keyboard by clicking the + icon and then select the type of keyboard
Lastly, enable the phonetic keyboard by clicking on the input indicator on the taskbar (or press the Windows key + Space) and select the Indic Phonetic keyboard
After adding the keyboard, one needs to download the dictionaries used for Indic Phonetic keyboard.