Microsoft Teams to gain Immersive Reader on iOS and Android

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What you need to know

  • Immersive Reader is on the way to Microsoft Teams on iOS and Android.
  • The feature will let you hear posts out loud in the mobile apps.
  • Immersive Reader is already available for the Teams desktop apps and the web.

The mobile apps of Microsoft Teams will soon gain the Immersive Reader feature that's currently available on the Teams desktop apps and the web. The feature allows people to listen to posts and messages within the Teams app on iOS and Android.

The feature appears on the Microsoft 365 roadmap. It could arrive as soon as June 2021, though dates on the roadmap are always subject to change. Here's the full description of the feature:

Microsoft Teams: Immersive reader support for MobileImmersive Reader, which uses proven customization techniques to support reading across ages and abilities, is coming to Teams iOS and Android apps. You can now hear posts and chat messages read aloud using Immersive Reader on the Teams mobile apps. This functionality was previously available only on the web and desktop apps.

The description only specifically mentions listening to posts and chats out loud, but it will likely bring other new features as well. Immersive Reader on other Microsoft apps lets you change the focus of text, select background colors, and change spacing. The main goal of Immersive Reader is to make it easier to read text, which would fit naturally on Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft announced that Immersive Reader is on the way to PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, and MakeCode earlier this year.

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