Microsoft is making some improvements to Windows 10 accessibility, especially so that the text cursor can be better viewed and tracked using the built-in magnifying function. There are also new text-to-speech features built into the magnifying tool, and improvements to Narrator (the built-in Windows screen reader) to be introduced in the May 2020 update.
Microsoft previously offered tools to adjust the size and color of the standard mouse pointer. Now it offers similar options for the text cursor, so visually impaired users can adjust the size, thickness and color of the text cursor and add a new, larger display to easily find it on the screen. Similarly, the magnifying glass function follows the text cursor in the middle of the display, just like the normal mouse pointer.
The magnifying glass also has a new text-to-speech function that can be used to read text in browsers or applications (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Word, Outlook and Powerpoint are all called by name). For this purpose, there are new media control buttons in the magnifying glass app, with which users can easily control the playback.
Most recently, Microsoft has improved Narrator, its screen reading tool that allows Windows to be used without the screen being displayed. Microsoft adds options to hear sounds instead of full phrases to toggle actions, and provides better support for uppercase and word announcements. Narrator also offers a better browsing experience, Firefox support, an option to automatically read web pages, and a feature that summarizes the entire page.