Microsoft has just released their all new transliteration-capable Indic typing tool. The old input tool which came with Windows by default was sans la cutting edge and people were using existing programs like Baraha (Hindi), Avro (Bengali, Assamese), etc or relatively new web-based Google transliteration. The Microsoft Indic Typing Tool, released as a beta version, comes in both desktop and web-based variants and supports major Indian languages such as Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu in the current version.
Download Microsoft Indic Typing Tool
Windows XP users: Refer to this Guide to make your computer ready for Indian languages.
After installing you are all set to start typing. You can start typing in the Indic language of your choice by selecting it from the Language bar which typically appears on the taskbar and can be accessed by right clicking on the taskbar and selecting it. Or you can switch to Indic language using the Alt + Left Shift key combination, the same key combination to switch back to English.
If for some reasons you can’t turn the Language bar on or the Alt + Left Shift key combination isn’t working for you then refer to this Guide.
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