In an official blog post updated today, Microsoft said it would make a number of improvements to the “easy access” feature in Windows 10 systems, especially to make the text cursor easier to see, the magnifying glass feature to integrate new text-to-speech features, improve narrator features, and more. These accessibility features will be available in the Windows 10 May 2020 feature update.
Microsoft has previously provided tools to resize and color the mouse cursor. Now, it brings a similar option to the text cursor, allowing visually impaired users to adjust the size, weight, and color of the text cursor, while adding a new, larger indication that makes it easier for users to find it on the screen. Similarly, the magnifying glass function will be used to zoom in like a normal mouse cursor, following the text cursor in the middle of the display.
Magnifier also gets a new text-to-speech feature that reads text content from browsers and apps (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc.). To this end, a new media control button has been added to the Magnifier app, allowing users to easily control playback.
Microsoft has also revamped its screen-reading tool Narrator to allow users to use Windows without looking at the screen. Microsoft is adding options that allow users to switch between sounds instead of full phrases, and it also optimizes support for capital letters and words.