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Narrator, Calculator see improvements in Windows 10 build 16226

If you frequently use the Narrator and Calculator in Windows 10, and you’re a Windows Insider, you’re in for a treat. Microsoft today revealed that Narrator, Calculator are seeing improvements in Windows 10 build 16226, so here is what you need to know.

Calculator cashes in with a Currency Converter feature:

  • As of desktop version 10.1706.1602.0 (included with the Fall Creators Update, available for update via store as we speak), you’ll find “Currency” as the top item under the “Converters” menu. It does most everything you’d expect from a Currency Converter, all expressed within the fresh and shiny Fluent Design System we rolled out last month. One aspect of the feature that we think is interesting is an offline mode…so if you’re roaming internationally and want to see how much that train ticket or souvenir is going to cost without rolling up extra data charges, we’ve got you covered

Ease of Access Improvements:

  • Narrator gains auto-captioning: Narrator can now use artificial intelligence to generate descriptions for images that lack alternative text! The service also includes the ability to extract text from images using optical character recognition. Want to try it out? Turn on Narrator, set focus to the image below, then press Capslock + Shift + D to hear its description. You will need to be connected to the internet for it to work.
  • Improved bitmap scaling for Magnifier: Text will now appear smoother when magnified using Magnifier. To enable or disable this, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Magnifier > “Enable bitmap smoothing”.

Do you think you will be using any of these features? Sound of and let us know in the comments below.

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