Data Xgen Technologies, a Delhi-based startup, has started a paid email address service in Hindi characters or Devanagari script, and plans to roll out free registration of such IDs on the lines of Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo soon. Data Xgen Technologies Founder Ajay Data told PTI.
A few hundred IDs have been created till now on .bharat domain, which is available in Devanagari script. Anyone interested in a Hindi script ID can visit our website and buy email packages as per their need.
Emails sent from these addresses are supported by leading service providers like Gmail and Microsoft.
Besides communicating in Hindi, people can send emails from addresses created in Hindi script to Gmail, Outlook, and some of the other platforms. We wish to start a free email id on .bharat domain soon, just like a Gmail of India for Hindi domains, and soon, we will work with the government to do that, Data said.
To bring more people on the internet, the government is pushing website and email addresses in Hindi or Devanagari scripts. The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has asked domain or website name sellers to provide free .bharat (in Devanagari script) domains to everyone who buys a ".in" domain name.
In a meeting held at the Ministry of Electronics and IT, Google and Microsoft said that their email services accept and can send messages to email addresses created in these languages, but they do not have immediate plans to provide such email addresses.
When contacted, Google shared a blog post in which it said, Language should never be a barrier when it comes to connecting with others, and with this step forward, truly global email is now even closer to becoming a reality. The blog mentioned that it has added 13 languages for Gmail services, which include Afrikaans, Chinese (Hong Kong), Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala and Zulu.
Microsoft said that it continues to enhance capabilities and make it easy for users to use and adopt local languages using its technology, and this includes domain names in local languages.
The current versions of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge and MS Outlook 2016 all support Indian languages, including Hindi, and internationalised email addresses, a Microsoft spokesperson said.