Microsoft recently released a free-as-in-beer Windows extension that allows you to type Arabic in Roman characters and have it converted on the fly to Arabic script.  Maren integrates seamlessly with Windows and works in most Windows applications and websites.

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“Lack of access to an Arabic keyboard or lack of familiarity with one are two of the most common problems preventing Arabic users from communicating in their own language.

Microsoft Maren is a Windows extension that comes to the rescue, allowing you to type Arabic in Roman characters (Romanized Arabic, Arabizi, Arabish or Franco-Arabic) and have it converted on the fly to Arabic script.”

Get the inside scoop on the Maren blog.

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