Windows 11 now supports five Indian languages for Voice typing: Tamil, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi & Telugu.
Today, I stumbled on this when I accidentally pressed Windows key + H on my Windows PC. I was about to get rid of the window with a big microphone button that popped up, when I pressed the help (?) button to get a list of supported languages – there I was pleasantly surprised to find Tamil. Next, I gave this feature a spin. I spoke a few sentences in தமிழ் and it got most of what I said correctly (there are a few mistakes, I suppose I can get it to type right by tweaking my speed and pronunciation).
A few years ago, Microsoft has added out-of-the-box support in Windows 10 for the Tamil99 keyboard, the Government of Tamil Nadu standard for Tamil typing, in Windows 10. Later, the Tamil Phonetic keyboard was added and now this one (Voice Typing for Tamil). I am excited!!!
The instructions on how to enable and use this on a Windows 11 PC are on this Microsoft support page that also lists the supported languages for speech2text. In simple terms, you need to install any one of the Tamil language keyboards in Windows 11 Language & Region, go to any place where you can type a text (Notepad, Word or Edge or Chrome), switch to a built-in Tamil keyboard (no eKalappai or Anjal or Kizhadi) by pressing Win+Space, then press Win+H, speak your text slowly and firmly. That’s all.
The expanded list of languages including Tamil are available only on Windows 11 and not on Windows 10 as of now. I am yet to compare it with Google Voice Typing (my earlier posts explains this) which was the only app before this that supported Tamil speech to text.
If you are running Windows 11, give this a try and share your experience in the comments below.