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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

Microsift Sinhala Tamil Interface Pack to intensify knowledge base in the rural sector

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 27 July, ( Microsoft made it possible to forge new vistas in the annals of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with the launch of Microsoft Windows Vistas and Microsoft Office 2007 Sinhala where Prof Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Science and Technology along with Prof P W Epasinghe, Acting Chairman, Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) opened specially propped up window panes at Galle Face Hotel.

It is the launch of Microsoft Windows Vistas and Microsoft Office 2007 in Sinhala which is the Language Interface Pack (LIP) with over 1 million words and phrases are translated so that the user interfaces – drop down menus, help files – are in Sinhala. And they are available in the Tamil Language too.

Prof Vitharana speaking said that they are living in a competitive world and for them to progress they have to shift to knowledge based learning with information technology. They have to get that knowledge as it changes every moment.

He said that it would take four years with the assistance of books and through magazines around one year, the knowledge that one would gain through IT - that is something that happened in the world this week, they would be able to know it the next week..

He said that the Sinhala version of Microsoft Windows is a giant step forward to carry the IT industry to the rural folks and it would contribute to socio-economic development in the country. He emphasized that the best advantages of IT could be obtained with the knowledge of English.

Sriyan de Silva Wijeratne, Country Director, Microsoft Sri Lanka said that Microsoft has to put on a tremendous work load in the United States and in Sri Lanka to fulfill this task. He said that they have been doing a lot of work for the IT development in the country and this Sinhala and Tamil version are issued free of charge. He said that all their software were given to local universities free of charge.

He said that the Windows Sinhala version is a joint project of Microsoft, ICTA, The University of Colombo and Science Lanka Pvt Ltd. He said that 10,000 original copies of this Sinhala version would be issued free of charge and the application is also available on-line at no cost.

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