Gamata IT

July 24, 2009 (LBO) – Microsoft Sri Lanka said it had begun a drive to make information technology popular in rural areas, with a local language interface, free software downloads and training.

Microsoft and its partner organization would also support trading in Sinhalese and Tamil languages. Training literature would also be made available.

A school in each district will get Microsoft Multipoint technology which allows a number of children in a class to use one computer through individual mice. Microsoft country manager, Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, says the objective of initiative branded ‘Gamata IT’ (information technology for the village) was to reach out to communities that received little no help in IT education.

Microsoft has launched a Sinhala language interface pack for Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, where menus, buttons and instructions are in Sinhala, the native language of the island’s majority community.

A Tamil input method editor (IME) conforming to the Tamil Unicode Standard is also available.

The software is available for free download from www.microsoft.com/srilanka.

Microsoft said it expected the initiative help a new generation o