Using Maren, users can write Arabic in any application using a Roman keyboard and have it converted on the fly to native Arabic script.
Microsoft Maren, is a new transliteration tool that allows users to communicate in traditional Arabic while typing on a Roman alphabet keyboard. Using a Roman keyboard to type Arabic creates text that initially looks like this: Ahlan waSahlan fi 3alam Maren (Welcome to the world of Maren). Translated by Mare into true Arabic, this sentence looks like Using Maren, a fully integrated Windows extension, users can thus type Arabic in real time using Roman characters. Because Maren is a download rather than a Web-based tool, users don't have to rely on an Internet connection to be able to transliterate, Ashour says. In addition, Maren works across all Windows applications. Users can compose documents, blogs, e-mails, instant messages, or even leave comments on friends' Facebook pages—all in traditional Arabic.