Google on Thursday launched its Transliteration IME, a desktop application that allows users to type in 14 languages, using a Roman keyboard, with or without an Internet connection.

“Users type the word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Transliteration IME will convert the word to its native script,” the Internet search engine said in a statement.

Google’s Transliteration IME is available as a free download. It was conceived and developed in India at the company’s R&D Centre here and is currently available in 14 languages — Arabic, Bengali, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

The Google Transliteration IME currently supports Windows 7/Vista/XP.

“Our IME enables Indian users whether they are businesses, students, or teachers to create content and communicate effectively in their local language,” Google India Senior Product Manager Rahul Roy Chowdhury said.

Google Transliteration is also available on gmail, orkut, Blogger and Knol.

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