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Google adds support for languages in Gmail

More than 100 virtual keyboards
Wed Oct 10 2012, 09:40
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THE WORLD IS GETTING SMALLER, there is no denying that, and in a reflection of the fact Google has added more language input settings to Gmail, its online email client.

The firm blogged about the update today, saying that it has added 100 virtual keyboards to Gmail. Users can access these with ease and flit between languages when writing emails.

With the world getting smaller, businesses becoming more international and people becoming more connected with family and friends, we imagine that people will find a use for these new language settings.

"Finding the right words can be difficult, especially across languages, and once you choose them, finding a way to type them can be even harder. Try emailing family in Germany, chatting with friends in China or adding a Russian business partner's name to your contacts and you may find yourself limited by the language of your keyboard," says C. Andrew Warren, product manager for Gmail.

"That's why today we're adding more than 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs - collectively called input tools - in Gmail. These tools enable you to type in the language and keyboard layout you're accustomed to, making it easy to keep in touch with family, friends and coworkers from any computer. You can even switch between languages with one click."

If you want to try it out you will have to tinker with your Gmail settings, just check a box next to "Enable input tools" under the Language option. This will add a new button to your Gmail toolbar that grants you access to the virtual keyboards. µ


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