It's our favourite collaboration platform and now Microsoft have made it even better with some great new accessibility options to improve your user experience.
Teams have recently rolled out some great new features that make using the platform even better. You can now hear chat messages and posts read aloud using Immersive Reader.
How to launch Immersive Reader
Hover over a message with your cursor or if you are using a touch screen you can tap with your finger.
Select More options , and then Immersive Reader .
There are several options for how you would like to focus, from text being read aloud to highlighting and grammar options. Microsoft have made Teams accessibility a priority.
Hear your message read aloud
Selecting Play allows you to hear your messages read aloud, whilst simultaneously highlighting the text. Narration is from the start of the message unless you have selected a word,in which case the word will be read individually.
Select Pause to stop narration.
Select Voice Options to change speed of narration and the characters voice amongst other options.
Text focus options
Text Options can help you change the appearance of your messages and to remove visual distractions and to help you focus on it's content.
Set Text Size, Spacing, Font, and Themes that best suit your needs. Font size, spacing between letters and words as well as background colour can all be adjusted.
Show Source Formatting retains formatting from the original message such as underlining or bolding so no critical information is lost.
Speech and Grammar Options
There are several options to help with speech and grammar;
Syllables designed to break words into syllables for easier understanding.
Nouns to highlight nouns in your document in purple.
Verbs to highlight verbs in your document in red.
Adjectives to highlight adjectives in your document in green.
Adverbs to highlight adverbs in your document in yellow.
Switch on Show labels to see the label underneath the highlighted parts of speech.
Whilst still in Beta, there is the option for Teams to Translate your documents and messages. This is found under Reading Options.