Microsoft adds new Phonetic keyboards in Indian languages

Microsoft India announced the availability of new Phonetic keyboards in Indian languages to members of the Windows Insider Program.

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.

Users participating in the Windows Insider Program can immediately start using them and share their feedback. The keyboards are expected to be added to Windows 10 later, subsequent to which Indian language users won’t need to download and install any external Input Method Editors (IMEs) to input Indic text in a phonetic style.

As words are typed using the existing keyboard, Indic Phonetic keyboards transliterate them to suggest possible Indic text options.

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.

To get a first-hand experience of the Indic Phonetic keyboards, join Windows Insider Program.