The Windows creator announced that it is the first company that has stepped up for Made by Dyslexia pledge. This pledge centralizes on bringing technology to dyslexia affected people around the globe. It is supposed to help them “excel in their academic journey, and in life.” The company announced a ton of new features supporting the cause and one of the biggest highlights of the show came in with voice dictation that will soon be integrated into online apps of OneNote and Word before coming to the offline versions of other important apps.
“We are honored to be the first company to sign the Made by Dyslexia pledge: to give the 700 million people with dyslexia around the world access to technology that empowers them to excel in their academic journey, and in life,” Microsoft said in their blog. “The pledge calls on partners to build a better future for those with dyslexia and, together with Made by Dyslexia, we aim to democratize dyslexia support so that every dyslexic child is understood and given the right support to realize their brilliant potential.”
Notably, Dictation is part of the offline Office 365 desktop suit, but introducing it in Office online apps will give its access to a bigger part of students around the globe using any browser. This feature will not only allow dyslexia affected people, but it will also be an aid to people with physical inabilities to type with their fingers or who can type more accurately with their voice.
Apps Getting New Features
The very first online Office apps to get the feature will be Word and OneNote in upcoming weeks. Microsoft denied sharing any details about the release of the feature. But the voice dictation will soon make its way to Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. They are supposed to get the feature by 2019.
Other Features Coming in Office Web Apps
There are several other features coming to the online office apps. Microsoft is introducing Translator in the apps allowing the user to translate from a single word to a sentence to a whole page from one language to another effortlessly in real time. The translator is expected to be functional by this fall in OneNote Online, Word Online, OneNote for Windows 10, OneNote Mac, OneNote iPad, Outlook Online, Flipgrid, and Teams.
Lastly, we will get our hands on another feature called Immersive Reader. This function will soon get updated in the Office Lens app made for Android. Office Lens will allow you to click any picture and forward it to the Immersive Reader, which in return will perform a optical character recognition. Immersive Reader will transform any recognizable text into an accessible text content usable with Voice Speed, Read Aloud, Font Sizing, Text Spacing, and Backwards/Forwards.