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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Chicago: To tap the human potential for innovation in the area of language and livelihood, eminent philanthropist Dr Kallol Guha has announced the opening of an incubation center in Park Ridge, Illinois (Chicago area).

Speaking to NewsGram, Dr. Guha said that there is a link between languages and livelihood. He said that he firmly believes that higher education in mother tongue is the main catalyst for generating new and original ideas.

He further added: “That is precisely the reason why all great personalities advocated for higher education in vernacular language. Deprivation of education in indigenous language prevents original thinking.”

Based upon this premise, Dr Guha wants to fuel innovation in Indian languages. He believes that unless we develop techniques to translate literature from one language to another in a fast and speedy manner, the real growth of Indian languages will not happen in this era of computer technology.

Dr. Guha added that people interested in creating innovative tools to facilitate growth of Indian languages, should contact him at kg@mail.sjsm.org

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Microsoft Launches Smart Phonetic Keyboards for 10 Indian Languages

The updated keyboards have automatically been made available with the recent Windows 10 update

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In a bid to further allow users personalise their Windows 10 experience, software giant Microsoft on Monday launched smart phonetic keyboards for 10 Indian languages as part of its May 2019 update.

The updated phonetic keyboards have been made available in languages including Hindi, Bangla, Tamil and Marathi amongst others, the company said in a statement.

The keyboards would allow users to work in their preferred languages without having to purchase customised Indic hardware keyboards or stickers.

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The technology would let users input transliterated text using the existing keyboards and then convert text from one script to another, depending on the target language.

The new tools would not only help in making computing inclusive, but they are also expected to improve typing speed and accuracy in Indian languages by at least 20 per cent along with making it easier to make regional symbols like the Indian numerals easier to input, the company said.

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With this, the software giant moves forward in its aim to integrate virtual keyboards as part of its Windows operating system.

The updated keyboards have automatically been made available with the recent Windows 10 update. (IANS)