Microsoft India Launches Tamil Windows XP Starter Edition

Posted by bink on June 19 2006, 7:49 PM. Posted in Windows Starter Edition.

Another Indian language released for Windows XP Starter Edition.After the initial success of its launch in Punjabi, Microsoft India has launched the Windows XP Starter Edition for India, which includes a Tamil-English language interface, allowing users to switch to the language they want.

Unveiling the new product, which is part of a project of Microsoft India to bring out PCs with customized support in nine Indian languages, Rishi Srivastava, Director, Windows Client Business Group, Microsoft India, said that the initiative was to break the hesitation among the diverse Indian people about using a computer. “We have come out with simple, easy-to-use and localized personal computer," he said.

Those who know only Tamil and want to create a document or access the Internet can do so, as icons and commands are available in the language. A search facility is also available in the regional language.

For the convenience of first-time users, instructional materials, both in the form of text and visual elements, are provided in English and Tamil. Besides, services such as an anti-virus programme and education content (meant for students of class VI to XII) are included in the package.

“The idea for multilingual computers came when Union IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran requested the group chairman Bill Gates during his meeting at the Microsoft headquarters to find out ways to develop software in local languages,” he said adding that in the next couple of months, the product will be available in other languages.

The Hindi version was launched a year ago.