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Microsoft Edge gets more natural 'read aloud' voices powered by neural networks

New voices powered by deep neural networks are now available in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft today launched a new set of voices in the Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary channels that should make the "read aloud" feature sound much more natural.

Responding to feedback that the current voices sound too robotic and it was onerous to install language packs to read other languages, the new voices are powered by deep neural networks in the cloud.

From there, you'll have access to a read aloud menu bar where you can choose different voices and the speed at which they speak.

However, hearing more natural, hman-sounding voices should make the read aloud feature much more pleasant to use.

Further, Microsoft has opened these voices up to developers as an API so they can use them in their own web-based text-to-speech apps.

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