Support for Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Punjabi added

We are happy to announce that the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT) is now available for Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya and Punjabi. Gujarati, Marathi and Punjabi versions of the tool are available for XP, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Oriya is available for Vista and Windows 7. In addition to quality and performance improvements, we have also added support for Indian language punctuation and emoticons.

You can now use danda (।), double danda (॥) and abbreviation symbol (॰) in the Desktop version of ILIT. In the appropriate languages, typing a ‘.’ converts it to a danda (।) and two ‘.’s will get converted to a double danda (॥). In cases where it is possible that the ‘.’ is part of a decimal number or an IP address etc. ILIT gives the ‘.’ as the default option. For example, if you enter 123.456 the ‘.’ is left as it is and will not be converted to a danda (।). You can also get the abbreviation symbol (॰) by choosing from the list of options in the drop-down menu. For example, you can type words like ए॰आर॰के for writing names of people, in languages that support this character.

Punctuation support in the web version is a little different from that of the Desktop Version. In the web version, only danda (।) is supported and a ‘.’ will be converted to a danda (।) if it is followed by a space or another word-breaker character.

As part of this release, we have also added support for commonly used emoticons like :P, :D, :S, :O and other variations of these. The tool will leave these sequences as they are (without transliterating them) so that you can use emoticons in applications like Instant Messengers etc. Please note that you can also use emoticons such as :), :(, etc. (emoticons that do not have a letter or a number in them) as ILIT will not transliterate them anyway.

You can download any of the following languages by going to the ILIT home page:

Bengali Gujarati Hindi Kannada Malayalam Marathi Oriya Punjabi Tamil Telugu

Please do download and use the tool and send us your feedback. Thanks!


Comments (11)
  1. ILIT is a wonderful tool. I am using the malayalam language tool. Though there are some difficulties there with the use of combinations of letters, I think the software is the easiest one I have ever tried.

  2. Saravanan says:

    you guys are doing a really good work indeed.

    BTW, any plans for Sanskrit? As it uses the same devanagari script, can I expect something faster?

    I am currently using the Hindi input tool for sanskrit also, though some of the words are difficult to be typed.


  3. ಹರೀಶ್ says:

    ಸೂಪರ್ ಕೂಲ್ ಸ್ಟಫ್!!!

    I mean seriously this is the easiest way to type in Indian languages on windows systems. Although there were many transliteration softwares available (both paid softwares and free-wares) none of them ever came to this clean implementation of-course the ease of use is really appreciable. It was a pain in the a** to type with the ones i tried but there weren’t many alternatives. Its almost predictive text like input, well almost 🙂

    Kudos guys:)

  4. Sandeep says:

    First of all great tool!! Thank you for releasing it.

    I think you should change the abbreviation symbol (॰) to make it default instead of danda (।) in Marathi ILIT. For Hindi it is right but for Marathi it is not.

  5. IndicInput says:

    Thanks Sandeep. We shall fix the default punctuation in a future release.


    (Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool Team)

  6. sujit says:

    indic input 2 for marathi does ont convert numbers from english to marathi

  7. IndicInput says:

    Hi Sujit,

    Although local numerals are not the default, they are provided in the list of options. In the desktop version, you will see them as the second option as you type. If you select the local numerals once, that preference is retained till you change back to international numerals again.

    In the web version, you can click on the number after you have typed it and you will see the local numerals in the drop down list.


    Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool Team

  8. Birendra says:

    Seems like the Indic language input tool page isn’t SEO frendly and so not discoverable by major search engines including bing.

    There isnt a single meta tag on this page –

  9. Sharma says:

    Please have a look at this free little software

    it can help

    thanks kind regards

    hope to hear about a new version soon

  10. Oriya Classifieds says:

    It is a great and interesting blog. Your written style is very nice.

  11. Sharjeel says:

    Any plans for Urdu transliteration support ?

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