And the recent one to join the network is Educomp, an Indian education company, that has recently launched MagiKeys,' a keyboard and a software application which allows the user to communicate on the web, email, chat and write documents in mother tongue. 'MagiKeys' USP is its ease of use. 'MagiKeys' requires no training and has an intelligent software that predicts the next letter to be typed, making it easy to use in regional languages," says Shlomo Ariel of FTK Technologies, the company who has developed the software.
Soumya Kanti, President-ICT, Educomp Solutions Limited working in the field of education software says they are in talks with various state governments to implement 'MagiKeys' virtual Indian Language keyboard in their government schools as most children in these schools speak and write in their mother tongue. "In addition, it will also empower teachers to communicate effectively and make presentations for teaching and learning purposes in regional languages," Kanti adds.
According to a market research conducted by Frost&Sullivan, less than 10 per cent of Indians can read or write English, therefore the vast majority is not able to use the computers. In the last few years some popular Internet companies have launched services, like email, blog, advertisement, news and search engines in regional languages to make the Internet accessibility easier to the regional language users.