Immersive Reader

An AI service that helps users read and comprehend text

Empower users to unlock knowledge from text

Immersive Reader is an Azure Cognitive Service for developers who want to embed inclusive capabilities into their apps for enhancing text reading and comprehension for users regardless of age or ability. No machine-learning expertise required. Immersive Reader includes features that read the text aloud, translate, focus user attention by design and much more, helping users achieve gains in the classroom and office. Azure is the only major cloud service provider to offer this type of literacy-enhancing service.

Create an inclusive reading experience for users of all ages and abilities

Support users around the world with translation available in over 60 languages

Quickly embed Immersive Reader with an API call

Offer the latest in literacy-enhancing technology that’s continuously optimised, drawing from inclusive research.

Empower users of all ages and abilities

Boost user reading and comprehension with a full set of proven literacy-enhancing features offered by Immersive Reader. Users can unlock knowledge from text by: hearing it read aloud, translating it to their desired language, highlighting a specific line of text for focus, seeing visuals illustrating the meaning of a chosen word for multi-sensory learning and much more.

Speed to market

Harness an efficient way to boost user literacy. No need to build this type of experience from scratch. All it takes is a single API call to deliver Immersive Reader to your users.

Proven effectiveness

Over 15 million users already rely on Microsoft’s immersive reading technology in Word, OneNote, Outlook, Teams and more. Extensive research conducted by experts in the field of education shows that Immersive Reader improves reading comprehension, supports important learning processes and “levels the playing field” for users of all abilities reading text.

Now you can deliver this literacy-enhancing experience to your users, too.

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Why trust Immersive Reader for your content?

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Immersive Reader preview is free

  • Immersive Reader PREVIEW is offered for free as a limited-time promotion. The price is subject to change when the service becomes generally available.

Get started with Immersive Reader in three steps

Get instant access and a $200 credit by signing up for a free Azure account.
Sign in to the Azure portal.
Learn how to embed Immersive Reader with documentation.

Developer resources at your fingertips

Quick tutorial videos

Immersive Reader’s engineering team walk you through how to integrate the SDK

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Immersive Reader SDK

The Immersive Reader SDK is a JavaScript library that allows you to integrate the service into your app quickly and easily.

Take a look at the Immersive Reader SDK

Immersive Reader documentation

Do a deeper dive into Immersive Reader by exploring the documentation.

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Frequently asked questions about Immersive Reader

  • Immersive Reader is available in the following regions:

    • (US) East US
    • (US) West US
    • (Asia Pacific) Australia East
    • (Asia Pacific) Central India
    • (Asia Pacific) Japan East
    • (Europe) North Europe
    • (Europe) West Europe
  • RTI International, a third-party research company, conducted an effectiveness study in 2017 across various groups of students. Amongst other benefits, reading comprehension in 9-10 year olds improved by an average of 10%. Read the research here to learn more.
  • Immersive Reader can translate text into over 60 languages.
  • Below are the key features currently included in the Immersive Reader experience:

    1. Focus mode: Sustains attention and improves reading speed
    2. Immersive reading: Improves comprehension and sustains attention
    3. Read Aloud: Supports hearing the word and seeing the word and line highlighted simultaneously
    4. Font spacing and short lines: Improve reading speed by addressing “visual crowding”
    5. Parts of speech: Supports instruction and improves writing quality
    6. Syllabification: Improves word recognition
    7. Picture Dictionary: Supports seeing a visual representation of the word and the ability to hear it read out loud at the same time
    8. Line Focus: Supports focusing on 1, 3 or 5 lines while reading. Similar to a “reading ruler”
    9. Translation: Supports non-native speakers by translating words or entire documents. Translation supported in over 60 languages, and everything in the Immersive Reader changes on full document translation – read aloud, syllables, parts of speech and picture dictionary
  • Immersive Reader supports people of all abilities, including readers with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, emerging readers and non-native speakers.

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