Microsoft is improving Windows 10’s accessibility features with the Windows 10 May 2020 update. The improvements mainly focus on Text Cursor, Magnifier, and Narrator.
The most notable improvement with text cursor is the addition of a text cursor indicator. This should help people with visual impairments find the cursor without much strain. Even you can choose the color for your text cursor. No more than boring black cursor. The text cursor indicator’s size can be tweak based on your preference. These customizations are already present in the regular mouse pointer.
The Redmond giant has added the ability to change the thickness of the cursor as a part of Improved Accessibility Features, along with a color picker to quickly find the cursor on the screen. You can also pick a custom color for the text cursor.
Magnifier following the mouse pointer so that users don’t have to spend time locating the pointer in the display. With this update, the same functionality will be incorporated with the text cursor. Apart from this, there is a handy text-to-speech integration so that you don’t have to stress while trying to understand the content.
“Magnifier now includes Play, Pause, Next sentence, Previous sentence and Read from here controls to make it easy to read the text in popular browsers including Edge, Chrome and Firefox and other Windows applications like Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.”, says Windows Accessibility Program Manager Lead Jeff Petty. Improved Accessibility Features now respects the dark mode toggle and comes with a dark mode.
The built-in screen reader in Windows 10 – The narrator is also picking some improvements. It will play along with proper pronunciation. Microsoft says they have redesigned Narrator sounds to increase efficiency. The narrator will add support for Firefox for a better web browsing experience. Support for announcing capitals.