These are the new accessibility features coming to Windows 11

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Right after unveiling a range of new Adaptive Accessories to help disabled folks with using their PC, the best thing Microsoft could have done would be to announce some new accessibility features for its OS.

And that’s exactly what the company has done.

Redmond outlined these new accessibility options that are now confirmed to arrive with the final version of Windows 11 22H2 in a blog post, revealing how these additions will help people with disabilities access the operating system.

Four noteworthy features are inbound, including a more immersive Focus experience, systemwide live captions, more powerful voice access tools, to go with more natural voices for Narrator.

Accessibility Focus

To start with, a more immersive Focus experience includes an option to turn on Do Not Disturb from the Action Center. This setting will let you prioritize which notifications you want to show up while it is turned on, thus making the whole process a lot simpler.

Focus sessions is another new addition that will help you with productivity on Windows 11. Pushing it on, Windows 11 will turn on Do Not Disturb and turn off Taskbar badges while also launching a timer to remind you to take breaks between work.

As an added bonus, it also comes with integration with the Clock app and Spotify.

Accessibility Live Captions

Systemwide live captions on audio content also finally make their way to Windows 11. As the name suggests, the operating system will automatically transcribe content from any audio clip. Better yet, the feature works without an internet connection as the captions are generated on the device.

This is a feature that Insiders are already familiar with, as it has been available to them for quite a while.

Accessibility Speech

Windows 11 users can also open and switch between apps, browse the web, and read and author mail using their voices. Upon turning on Voice access for the first time, the OS will prompt you to download a speech model for the on-device speech recognition to help you get started.

Accessibility Natural Voices

Microsoft also heard feedback from customers on the Narrator experience, and has added more natural voices for Narrator to enable people with visual impairment to enjoy scenarios like browsing the web, reading, authoring mail, and more.

All these additions will soon be part of the Windows 11 22H2 update, which the company is reportedly readying to hit RTM status this month.

All are excellent addition that should help both disabled and regular users alike.