What’s new inside Accessibility on Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update

The MSBuild Event 19-20 May finally comes to an end. However, Microsoft experts provided enough materials to the developers to work upon for the next year. At the Build event, they unveiled what’s new coming inside the Accessibility on Windows 10 version 2004 as well. In this post, we are going to cover this in detail –

The new fixes and refinements represent the further steps in our journey to empower each and every person on this planet to achieve more. The company incorporated quite interesting features on Windows 10 20H1 especially for people with low or no vision. Let’s explore the new accessibility features on May 2020 Update

Recent – Windows 10 2004 [20H1] Known Issues and Rollout Status

Accessibility Changes on Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update

Though we have covered Windows 10 20H1 Ease of Access changes in detail, we enlist here the key features that appear recently during MSBuild Event. 

1. Narrator easier to use

They removed the unnecessary pauses instead added proper pronunciation to complete the sentences. This will help the reading appear more natural. Besides, they also redesigned the Narrator sounds so that it becomes more effective. Users may now find more variety of sounds, however, there is a slight reduction in the total number of sounds used.

Furthermore, the admin may now change the level of detail the Narrator speaks about either text or controls. They have provided support for “announcing capital words and letters” on Windows 10 20H1 Update. This will help the Narrator to handle initial, mixed, or all capital words.

Smarter browsing

The company has enhanced the Narrator browsing accessibility experience on Windows 10 version 2004. Upon start, the Narrator will auto-start reading texts right from the top of the page. This, in general, increases the overall efficiency while browsing online. 

Secondly, they incorporated a “page summary on demand” as well. In this, you will get a list of the most popular links generated by Bing. This made online browsing easy, simple, and righteous.  Some of the recent shortcut keys changes are as follows –

  • Narrator Key + S –> To hear the landmarks, links, and headings on the page.
  • Press Narrator key + S twice –> To view the summary that contains a list of popular links.
  • Narrator key + Ctrl + D –> To generate an image description bearing the title of the linked page.

Microsoft has improved several bugs on the Narrator so as to make it compatible with almost all web-browsers. 

More efficient Outlook mail

Microsoft has optimized the Narrator’s Outlook experience as well on Windows 10 version 2004. MS Outlook can now easily triage mail. Additionally, they improved the message reading experience too. The moment you open a message on the current web-page, this starts reading the content aloud. 

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They introduce a scan mode on Outlook with the ability to recognize and ignore the layout tables. All the above changes make it quite easy to read the message content. With May 2020 Update, you won’t face any outlook responsiveness such as lags while exploring the messages inside the Inbox.

Text cursor Improvements

Windows 10 users may now find personalizing the text cursor easier as compared to Windows 10 19H1 Update. The tech giant introduces the concept of larger text and pointers to let millions of users customize this worldwide. The company also improved the text cursor sizes to appear wider than usual along with a new separator. Users may now custom change the colors so as to make it appear clearly on the Desktop Screen.

They made slight changes inside the Magnifier settings as well. One may command Magnifier now to follow the mouse pointer. While using the Magnifier, the text cursor remains at the center of the display, thus making it easier to find at an expected location.

Accessibility on Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update

Changes on Magnifier

Earlier, it was really difficult to read or work with text throughout the day. Reading text over a long time period starts straining our eyes or in some cases leads to headaches. To reduce the straining of eyes, Microsoft brings the text read aloud feature inside the Magnifier. 

This section now includes several new options like – Play, Pause, Next/Previous sentence, Read from the current position, and others. Windows 10 users may now use the Magnifier tool on all popular browsers such as Edge, Chrome, Firefox, etc. They may even use this utility program on core applications like Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc. Just highlight the sentence, and it starts reading aloud. 

In addition to the above functionalities, they improve the Magnifier’s interface as well. This can now read while in Dark Mode or the text appearing is larger in size. 

Accessibility on Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update

Feedback is still open, you may send your own

Microsoft has considered the feedback they receive and thoroughly worked upon them. They are still open to positive and constructive feedback. Windows 10 users may provide their own feedback via the Insider Program. To do so, just press WinKey and F to start the Feedback Hub. On the next screen, summarize your feedback then write a few lines (optional) about the bugcheck. Furthermore, choose a category and see whether any matching query is available on the Site or not. If not, add more details to this and send it to the experts. 

For customers with a disability who require technical assistance, the company introduces a Disability Answer Desk to help them. Moreover, they may contact concerned people via phone (800-936-5900) or chat. In addition to this, there is also an ASL option that customers with hearing impairments can use in the US (+1 503-427-1234).

Accessibility on Windows 10 2004 May 2020 Update

Source – Windows Blog