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Windows Malayalam version by December

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Thiruvananthapuram , Nov. 5

THE Malayalam version of the popular computer operating system, `Windows', would be available in December.

Sources in the Kerala State IT Mission quoted officials of Microsoft India as saying that the software is going through the final stages of "trouble-shooting" prior to the official launch.

The introduction of the Malayalam version of Windows is part of Microsoft's localisation programme called Project Bhasha. Under the project, Microsoft will collaborate with State Governments for developing and validating local language interface packages and setting up of local language labs and creation of State information portals.

Earlier last month, Microsoft India announced the launch of Project Bhasha that aims at accelerating local language computing in India.

Under the aegis of Project Bhasha, Microsoft will focus its efforts along four key areas primarily - product localisation, government collaboration, academia/developer integration, and building a local language IT ecosystem through community/industry participation. As a key deliverable in its product localisation efforts, Microsoft will roll out interfaces for its flagship products Windows and Office in 14 Indian languages essentially - Assamese, Bengali, Gujarat, Gurumukhi, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DiT) here is making all efforts to integrate Malayalam into IT. This would require standardisation of Malayalam keyboards and software. C-DiT has developed Malayalam cyber glossary, different fonts for Malayalam computer games with indigenous base and literary software.

C-DiT has already produced packages of Malayalam fonts, `Aksharamala', `Aadharam' and `Malayalam' for documentation. The Malayalam search engine and Malayalam editor software will be made available soon The Centre for Linguistic Computing Keralam (CLICK), launched by C-DiT, plans to create an e-thesaurus, e-dictionary, spell checker and grammar checker

Telemedicine project: The Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here will commission the Rs 235-crore telemedicine project in two year's time. The project is funded by the Union Ministry for Information Technology and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and will enable the public to make use of the best of medical facilities available throughout the State from a remote location.

As part of the telemedicine project, V-SAT stations will be set up at five telemedicine centres, namely, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kozhencherry, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Kannur. The project would act as an effective means for creating awareness on various diseases among the public, sources in the IT Mission said.

It would also enable doctors to collect required information on aspects like treatment, duration of treatment and other relevant details before referring patients to the RCC.IT seminar in Palakkad: The State Government and the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) will jointly hold a national IT seminar in Palakkad in January next.

At least 30 Chief Executive Officers representing major corporates from India and abroad are expected to participate, sources said.

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