Microsoft Pinyin IME
|Stable release||14.0 / 2010|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Available in||English, Simplified Chinese|
|Website||Microsoft Pinyin 2010|
Microsoft Pinyin IME (Chinese: 微软拼音输入法; pinyin: wēiruǎn pīnyīn shūrùfǎ) is the pinyin input method implementation developed by Microsoft and Harbin Institute of Technology. It is bundled with Microsoft Windows and Chinese editions of Microsoft Office. Various versions can be downloaded from Microsoft's website with some restrictions.
Since Windows 95 OSR2, Simplified Chinese edition of Windows automatically installed the bundled Microsoft Pinyin IME. Windows 98 came with version 1.5. The Version 2.0 was released with Microsoft Office 2000 and bundled with Windows 2000.
Later versions of the IME came in number of different editions. Usually the Express/Select editions are smaller but feature only common functionalities and the standard word list.
Microsoft Office Pinyin IME 2007 is not supported by 64-bit versions of Windows. The most recent version available for use on 64-bit systems is Microsoft Pinyin IME 4.0, however the final version of Microsoft Office Pinyin IME 2010 does feature full 64-bit support.
|Name||Version||IME version||Bundling||Official Website/Download|
|1.0||Windows95 OSR2, Windows NT 4, Office 97|
|MS-PinYin98||2.0||7||Windows 2000, Office 2000||Website|
|Microsoft Pinyin IME 3.0||3.0||8||Windows XP, Office XP||Website
Download (Older version)
Download (Newer version)
|Microsoft Pinyin IME 2003||4.0||9-10||Windows 7, Windows Vista, Office 2003||Download (Select Edition)(link dead)|
|Microsoft Office Pinyin IME 2007||12||Office 2007||WebsiteDownload|
|Microsoft Office Pinyin IME 2010||14||Office 2010||WebsiteDownload|
Note: The pinyin method available as part of Microsoft Global IME appears to be a rebundling of version 1.0 for non-Chinese editions of Windows.