Microsoft started rolling out the stable version of Chromium-based Edge browser to the public earlier this year and the company confirmed that it will continue updating the Insider channels to test new features for Edge.
Microsoft has been working on improving the read aloud feature for some time now and the company has now added support for Read Aloud for PDFs. The feature was available in the Legacy Edge and has been carried forward to Chromium-based Edge. Read Aloud is currently hidden behind a flag but if you're interested in trying out the feature then you can do so by following the steps below:
- Launch Microsoft Edge Canary and type "edge://flags/#edge-read-aloud-pdf" in the address bar.
- Click on the drop-down menu and select "Enabled" to turn on the feature.
- Restart the browser.
To use the feature you will need to open any PDF file in Edge and click on Read Aloud in the toolbar at the top corner. Microsoft has added a number of settings that let the user control the speed, voice, and more.
The Read Aloud feature is currently available for Microsoft Edge Canary v84.0.512.0 or later. We expect Microsoft to release the feature along with Edge version 84 update.