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Microsoft announces Tamil language virtual keyboard

Microsoft announced this week the launch of Tamil 99, a virtual keyboard which the company said would be accessible to users of both Tamil Nadu Tamil as well as Eelam Tamil. 

"[The keyboard is] now available on Windows 10 to users of both Tamil (India) and Tamil (Sri Lanka) languages, thereby assisting the wide base of Tamil users in India and other countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Mauritius," Microsoft said in a statement. 

The Tamil Nadu government had in 1999 standardized and approved the layout of the original Tamil 99 keyboard.