Phonetic Indic keyboards now available for Windows 10

What you need to know

  • Microsoft released smart phonetic keyboards for 10 Indian languages.
  • The keyboards support transliterating Indic text.
  • The keyboards will increase typing speed and accuracy by at least 20 percent, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft released phonetic keyboards for ten Indian languages on Windows 10. These new keyboards are a part of the May 2019 update for Windows 10 and are available in Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

The keyboards support transliterated Indic text which allows users to type with Latin characters and have text automatically converted from one script to another. Microsoft shared an example in their blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the release of the keyboards:

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."

Microsoft states that these keyboards will improve typing speed and accuracy by at least 20 percent.

These new tools will be available in addition to the current keyboards that are available for Windows 10. Their addition to Windows 10 will save many users from having to install third-party keyboard solutions.

Affordable accessories that'll pair perfectly with your PC

Every one of these awesome PC accessories will enhance your everyday experience — and none cost more than $30.

KLIM Aim RGB gaming mouse (opens in new tab) ($30 at Amazon)

Whether you're a gamer or not, this is an absurdly good mouse for the price. It's ambidextrous, has a responsive sensor, a braided cable, tank-like build quality, and, yes, it has RGB lighting, though you can turn it off if that's not your thing.

AmazonBasics USB speakers (opens in new tab) ($16 at Amazon)

These neat little speakers may only pack 2.4W of total power, but don't let that fool you. For something so small you get a well-rounded sound and a stylish design. And they only cost $16.

Razer mouse bungee (opens in new tab) ($20 at Amazon)

Use a wired mouse? You need a mouse bungee to keep your cable tidy and free of snags. You get no drag on the cable, and this one has subtle styling, a rust-resistant spring and a weighted base, all for $20.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

2 Comments
  • Finally! Back then there was this Microsoft software to phonetically type, which was discontinued and then i had to use Google indic keyboard for many years which had its own problems. Finally it's so easier to enable indic keyboard. It's the best feature for me in 1903.
  • Do they have the same thing for Japanese as well?