Windows 10 May 2020 (20H1) update is coming in the next days, and other than what we have published before, there will be some new accessibility features worth mentioning. Microsoft has attached great importance to this topic in the past and Build 2004 is no exception.
Windows 10 May 2020 (20H1) update – accessibility features
Windows 10 Build 2004 contains some new features for accessibility. These include the screen magnifier, the text cursor and also the narrator.
Text cursor improvements
With the Windows 10 May 2020 update, the cursor line receives a colored marking, which makes it easier to see. The size of the marking can be individually adjusted in the settings according to your own needs. The color of the marking can also be specified.
The screen magnifier has also been revised and improved. The dark mode is now supported and the magnifying glass receives its own controls. These can now be used to control the speech output from Windows.
In addition, the screen magnifier now follows your cursor so that you can locate it immediately. The mouse has been following the magnifying glass since a previous update.
Improvements for the narrator
Microsoft provides a free screen reader with the Narrator. With the May 2020 update, it will receive many useful improvements.
The speech output has been significantly improved and should now have a better and, above all, more natural sound. Language breaks should also be a thing of the past. The number of notification tones for frequent actions has been reduced to make learning individual tones easier.
There are also improvements for browsing the web. The Narrator now supports the Firefox browser and rich text in Google Chrome. In addition, navigation has been made easier and a summary of a website can now be read aloud. Links and important headings are now better highlighted.
The use of Outlook with the Narrator has also been improved. The navigation has also been simplified and the reading of messages now works better. Reliability has also been increased overall.
The Windows 10 May 2020 update brings with it a whole range of good and useful improvements for accessibility. It is commendable how Microsoft is involved in this area.