Microsoft has announced that it is bringing Immersive Reader to both Outlook on the web and OneNote for Windows 10.
The accessibility feature, which helps people read more effectively, is already present in a number of other Microsoft services. Some of the techniques included with immersive reader include:
- Read Aloud — Reads text out loud with simultaneous highlighting that improves decoding, fluency and comprehension while sustaining the reader's focus and attention.
- Spacing — Optimizes font spacing in a narrow column view to improve reading fluency for users with visual crowding issues.
- Syllables — Shows the breaks between syllables to enhance word recognition and decoding.
- Parts of Speech — Supports writing instruction and grammar comprehension by identifying verbs, nouns and adjectives.
In OneNote for Windows 10, you'll be able to find Immersive Reader within the View tab. As for Outlook on the web, Immersive Reader can be enabled in a few different spots, including the right-click menu in messages, the ellipses menu in the main message view, or in the "Reply all" drop-down.
Lastly, the Read Aloud portion of the feature is picking up support for 14 new languages, including:
- Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
- English (Ireland)
- French (Switzerland)
- German (Austria)
- German (Switzerland)
OneNote Desktop users are also getting a bit of love as well, with Japanese dictation being added to the Learning Tools add-in.
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Impressive! Still wish there wasn't a feature gap/inconsistency between the desktop and Store version
Give it time, the store app is coming along VERY nicely. Don't forget how many years the desktop app was around for before it had all the features it has now
How so? Microsoft openly announced they put the OneNote desktop app into maintenance mode. They're still adding new features to the Store version when they haven't finished adding all the features that exist on the desktop version. Frustrating to have to switch between apps and sync all the notebooks twice on my computer. That's a massive amount of space for all my notebooks!
I wish they could add it to the Reading View in Edge.
That's a welcome surprise!
Thank you Microsoft.
What? A voice-based feature from MS will finally work in Hungarian? Finally 😁 So that's why the creators update has "Microsoft Szabolcs" as a default voice option 😁 Next up, Cortana in Hungarian 😂
I see they support many languages. I hope they're going to do the same for voice navigation on Maps.
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