The project to localise Windows NT for the Indian market is expected to be completed within a year, while IBM is also working on Indian versions of its desktop operating systems.
The NT work is being undertaken in Hindi - with other languages possibly to come - by the National Centre for Software Technologies (NCST), which received the source code from Microsoft chief Bill Gates when he visited India five months ago.
The localised versions are likely to ship along with NT 6.0.
IBM has also undertaken localisation of OS/2, through a partnership between its Indian arm, Tata IBM, and a company in New Delhi. The project is likely to be completed within 8-10 months.
These developments are expected to boost the Department of Electronics' initiative to raise the level of computerisation in India. Its white paper on the subject in 1995 identified localised software as a major enabler.
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