Microsoft announces the availability of Learning Tools for Word Online and OneNote Online

Microsoft today announced the availability of Learning Tools to all customers with Office 365 or a personal OneDrive account. Users can access these new Learning Tools in Word Online or OneNote Online by going to the View menu and clicking the Immersive Reader. In addition, Learning Tools for Word 2016 has Learning Tools built into Read Mode. Learning Tools comes with the following features.

  • Read Aloud—Reads text aloud 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 who suffer from 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.

Microsoft also announced that Learning Tools are available in more languages, including new Text-to-Speech languages and voices, Syllables languages, and Parts of Speech.