Microsoft Bing adds support for 9 Indian languages
Microsoft Bing, the second most popular search engine in the world, just added support for several Indian languages.
There was no official announcement from the Redmond company, so we can say it was rolled out silently.
This is a nice addition from Microsoft, and one which will certainly help it gain more users in the Asian country.
These are the nine Indian languages which have been added to Microsoft Bing:
- हिंदी – Hindi
- বাংলা – Bengali
- తెలుగు – Telugu
- मराठी – Marathi
- தமிழ் – Tamil
- ગુજરાતી – Gujarati
- ಕನ್ನಡ – Kannada
- മലയാളം – Malayalam
- ਪੰਜਾਬੀ -Punjabi
If you reside in India, head over to http://www.bing.com/ and click on the language option, which can be found just below the search bar. This will change the language of Microsoft Bing, to the one you chose.
Microsoft News reports that there is more to the new addition, than meets the eye. Bing also supports autocomplete in the above mentioned languages. So, once you select the language and begin typing something, Bing will offer search suggestions, making the task easier.
Typing in non-English languages, with an English keyboard, such as the regular QWERTY format, can be a real hassle. Microsoft is well aware of this, and offers a simple solution. When you have enabled one of the languages mentioned above, a small keyboard icon appears in Bing’s search bar. It is called the input tool, and clicking on it, pops up a virtual keyboard.
The virtual keyboard will display the input format of the chosen language, making typing in it a breeze. This virtual keyboard can be moved around the screen. Just hover the mouse over on the top portion of the keyboard, and the cursor will change into a drag cursor. Click on the area. and move it anywhere you want to on the Bing website. You cannot resize the keyboard.
You can click on the x in the top right corner of the onscreen keyboard or on the icon in the bar to close it.
The addition of these languages in Bing, could be a hint that the upcoming Windows 10 Threshold 2 Update, which will include Cortana support for India, will support these languages. After all, giving users the ability to search content in their native language only increases the chances of attracting more users. Microsoft did so with Windows 10 for China, for which it partnered with online search giant Baidu to provide locally relevant content.
Cortana for India is set to arrive on November 10th, along with the Windows 10 Threshold 2 update.