Immersive Reader Features are Coming to Word for iPad

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Mobile, Office, Office 365 with 1 Comment

Immersive Reader Features are Coming to Word for iPad

As part of a post about the success of Learning Tools in education, Microsoft revealed today that it is adding immersive reader features like Read Aloud and Text Spacing to Word for iPad.

“The Microsoft Learning Tools set is natively built into the Office 365 and Microsoft Edge applications, and help improve reading, writing and comprehension,” the Microsoft Education Team notes. “The immersive reader capability in Learning Tools, for example, gives users the ability to have content read aloud to them, and lets them adjust settings to break the words into syllables, adjust text size or background colors.”

Today, Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update supports Read Aloud functionality for web articles, PDF files, and ebooks. But starting in November, Microsoft is bringing this capability, plus Text Spacing, to Word for iPad.

“The Read Aloud capability, which can read words aloud while highlighting them in tandem, is now available in all views via the command in the Review tab, or from the Learning Tools tab,” Microsoft explains. “This capability leverages Word’s new Mobile View, now available on iPad, to provide a canvas that supports changing page color, adjusting the line length, and a feature called Text Spacing, which increases the spacing between characters, words, and lines. Word also provides broader support for individuals with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, or emerging readers through Learning Tools.”

Word Read Aloud on iPad will support Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

 

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