What you need to know
- Microsoft just released Windows 11 Build 23590 to Insiders in the Dev Channel.
- The update adds previews for natural voices, allowing people to listen to the voices before having to download them.
- Windows 11 Build 25997 is also available now for Insiders in the Canary Channel, though it is a smaller update.
Windows Insiders in the Dev and Canary Channels have new builds of Windows 11 to install. Build 23590, which is available for Dev Channel Insiders, is the larger of the two builds. It adds previews for natural voices, allowing people to try the voices out before having to download them. That same update also brings an enhanced image consumption experience in Narrator, including support for navigating between images with a keyboard command.
Build 25997 is available for Canary Channel Insiders. It has some smaller changes, such as the option to disable Phone Link entirely.
Here’s everything that’s new and changed, as outlined by Microsoft:
Windows 11 Build 23590: What’s new
Natural Voices Previews in Narrator
We are introducing previews for natural voices of 10 new locales launched in September 2023. As a reminder, those natural voices include Chinese, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Japanese, English (UK), French, Portuguese, English (India),German and Korean.
These previews will allow the users to listen to the natural voices before downloading the voice model. Natural Narrator voices use modern, on-device text to speech and once downloaded are supported without an internet connection. Please note to listen to the previews, an internet connection is required.
- Open Narrator Settings by pressing the WIN + CTRL + N hotkey.
- Under Narrator’s voice, select the Add button next to Add natural voices.
- Select the voice you want to install. You can install all voices, but you must install them separately.
- The preview will play automatically once you…
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