Microsoft announces improvements to Narrator in Windows 10

Microsoft yesterday announced its improvements to Narrator on Windows 10. These new changes are focused on three main areas; performance, reliable reading and usability.

Improvements to expect in Narrator include:

Better Performance

  • Improved performance when navigating the start menu.
  • Significant performance improvements when typing

More Reliable Reading

  • We have improved things like table navigation resulting in a better reading and editing experience in apps like Windows Mail and Word

Usability

  • Narrator will now read suggested results in apps like Cortana and Edge as well as suggested e-mail addresses in Outlook.
  • Keyboard commands in Narrator are now more familiar to users of other screen readers.
  • Some keyboard interactions have been simplified and updated to ensure better ergonomics, making them easier to type.

Some of the above improvements are already part of the latest Windows Insider builds and Microsoft will be delivering other features in the upcoming Windows Insider builds. In addition to the work on Narrator, Microsoft’s documentation team has been working hard to update the resources available to those who are learning how to use Narrator. Microsoft will release improved and more complete documentation with the next public update for Windows 10.

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