The company's research team is building a set of language interface packs which will be available in about two months to help users type text via a virtual keyboard in Indian languages including Kannada, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Hindi, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu. A total of 45 additional soft (virtual) keyboards, which are freely downloadable from the Microsoft website are being fine-tuned for launch.Well - we wonder how long we can survive with virtual keyboards. Don't people need real keyboards which have Kannada keys? We've seen people stick stickers of Kannada letters on keyboards, and some manufacturers (notably TVSE) also have physical Kannada keyboards. But when will these really take off in a big way?
What's that killer-app which can bring physical Kannada keyboards to the limelight? Where is Kannada computing going? Will Kannada Computing remain just a hobby for software enthusiasts with a weak corner in their hearts for Kannada? When will Kannada Computing revolutionize Karnataka at large? What's missing today because of which Kannada Computing seems to be only virtual? What's missing today because of which Kannada Computing is just limited to Desk Top Publishing?
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