Microsoft company showcased for the first time its beta version of Windows 7 in Hindi, a step aimed towards enabling Indian users to compute using various Indian languages. The company launched its Language Interface Packs (LIPs) in twelve Indian languages for use in the Windows environment and Microsoft Office. The company has also made available for free download, forty-five virtual keyboards for use in these twelve languages.
Windows 7 is being promoted as the precursor to the new operating system that Microsoft is developing as a replacement for Windows Vista. Microsoft's suite of web-based applications, Windows Live, will also be available in seven Indian languages. The company offers software developers its Captions Language Interface Pack (CLIP), which will enable them to generate 'tooltips' in eight native languages.