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Microsoft Introduces Tamil 99 Keyboard on Windows 10 Windows 10 now broadens options for Tamil language users


MICROSOFT has announced the addition of the Tamil 99 keyboard to Windows 10 PCs as a part of the latest Windows update. The Tamil 99 is a popular Tamil language virtual keyboard used by Windows 10 users in India.

The new feature works with both hardware as well as touch keyboards providing another convenient option for Tamil text input.

The Tamil keyboard is based on an InScript (Indian Script) standard and has been available on various Windows since 2010. An InScript is the official Indian keyboard standard approved by the Government of India in 1986. It provides a near identical text input experience on digital devices, across 12 Indian scripts including Tamil.

Standardised and approved by the Tamil Nadu government in 1999, the Tamil 99 keyboard layout was created to help Tamil users type in a faster and simpler manner. It is now available on Windows 10 to users of both Tamil (India) and Tamil (Sri Lanka) languages.

Microsoft is focused on empowering everyone by breaking down all language related barriers in technology. It has always been our endeavor to provide users computing in local languages and enable them to be more productive.

– Meetul Patel, COO, Microsoft India

“We are committed to supporting the national standards for Indian language technologies including the InScript keyboard layouts and adding the Tamil 99 keyboard is another significant step to making computing more accessible to a large number of users,” Patel further added.

Tamil computing has also been an important focus area for Microsoft Bhasha, an initiative started in 1998 to accelerate and simplify computing in Indian languages.

Apart from the two keyboard options, Input Method Editors (IMEs) for Tamil-including the popular Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT)-are also available on Microsoft’s Indic language community website

The Tamil 99 is designed for use with a normal QWERTY keyboard and it follows a consonant-vowel pattern. The arrangement of the characters allows for fast and simple typing.




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