Support for standards-based use of IT in Sinhala and Tamil has been available for quite some time: it is possible to type in Sinhala and Tamil, exchange information in Sinhala and Tamil using computers, and browse the web in Sinhala and Tamil without having to send fonts to each other and without having to download fonts to view websites, due to initiatives taken by ICTA and its predecessor CINTEC, together with many stakeholders. Both CINTEC and ICTA realized that if the use of IT and the benefits thereof are to be taken to citizens of Sri Lanka, then they should be able to use IT in their own languages.
In addition to this functionality, user interfaces are also now available in Sinhala. Users until now had to use interfaces in English. ICTA partnered with Microsoft in developing the interfaces for Windows Vista and Office 2007 in Sinhala. Translation of the words and phrases was carried out by the University of Colombo School of Computing-ScienceLand. Windows Vista and Office 2007 in Sinhala was launched on 10th July 2009 under the aegis of the Hon. Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Tissa Vitharana.
ICTA, also in partnership with UCSC-ScienceLand and with Microsoft-Sri Lanka completed the Sinhala user interfaces for Windows 7 and Office 2010.