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Azure Immersive Reader

An AI service that helps users read and comprehend text

Enhance reading comprehension and achievement with AI

Embed text reading and comprehension capabilities into your applications with Azure Immersive Reader, an Azure Applied AI Service. It builds on top of Azure Cognitive Services to accelerate implementation of an AI-powered solution that helps users of any age and reading ability with reader tools and features like reading aloud, translating languages, and focusing attention through highlighting and other design elements. Azure is the only major cloud provider offering this type of text-reading technology. No machine learning expertise is required.

A reading experience that supports people of all ages and abilities

Translation is available in more than 100 languages

Quickly embed the service with just a single API call

Immersive Reader is continually optimised based on inclusion research

Empower users of all ages and abilities

Boost reading comprehension with a full set of proven literacy-enhancing features. Engage your audience through multisensory, multilingual learning that includes reading aloud, translating into different languages, highlighting specific lines of text, and visualising word meanings through illustrations.

Get started quickly

With Immersive Reader, all it takes is a single API call to help readers boost literacy. Launch your text reader solution online without building anything from scratch.

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Drive proven results

Immersive Reader improves reading comprehension and supports learning processes and equitable education for people of all abilities, according to extensive research by education experts. It's based on reading tools and technologies already used by more than 15 million users, including Microsoft Teams, Word, OneNote, and Outlook.

Comprehensive security and compliance

  • Immersive Reader doesn't store any customer data.
  • Backed by Azure infrastructure, the Immersive Reader service offers enterprise-grade security, availability, compliance, and manageability.

See how Immersive Reader empowers people of all abilities

NYC school empowers readers of all ages and abilities with Azure AI

"Immersive Reader was so easy to implement that our developers had no problems. Quite frankly, we love the Microsoft team."

Marie Arturi, Founder and CEO

School district unlocks new horizons for literacy and lifetime achievement with Azure Immersive Reader

"We love how Immersive Reader is very flexible and can help every student learn in the way that suits them best. It really sets them up for success for the rest of their lives, which is our ultimate goal."

Sallee Clark, Instructional Technologist, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
Eagle Mountain

A lesson in resilience and innovation

"We have a great platform on which to build. And we want to do more than replicate traditional lessons. This is absolutely the time to be creative and innovative."

David McClymont, IT Director, Downe House School
Downe House

Try Immersive Reader for free

  • Get started with 3 million characters for free.

Start using Azure Immersive Reader

Get instant access and a $200 credit by signing up for an Azure free account.

Set up Immersive Reader in the Azure portal.

Learn how to embed Immersive Reader.

Documentation and resources

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Immersive Reader SDK

Explore the JavaScript library that helps you easily and quickly integrate Immersive Reader into your app.

Check it out on GitHub

Frequently asked questions about Immersive Reader

  • A 2017 study by RTI International showed that reading comprehension among groups of quarter-grade students improved an average of 10 percent. Read the research.
  • Immersive Reader translates more than 100 languages. See the list.
  • Immersive Reader supports people with varying abilities and differences—including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, and cerebral palsy—as well as emerging readers and non-native speakers.
  • Key features and capabilities include focus mode, immersive reading, reading aloud, font spacing and short lines, parts of speech support, syllabification, a picture dictionary, line focus, and translation.
  • Immersive Reader builds on top of several AI models made available through Azure Cognitive Services. To make text accessible to readers fluent in different languages, it uses the translator text capability. For readers who prefer hearing the text read aloud, Immersive Reader uses the text-to-speech capability. The Computer Vision service extracts the text from images (like PDF files) so that readers can apply Immersive Reader's capabilities to those images.

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