Latest news: Icelandic is now a part of Microsoft Edge
Microsoft‘s Edge browser now includes a speech synthesizer for Icelandic, making it easy for users of Icelandic to listen to spoken text. This highly accessible service offers great benefits to a wide range of user groups, including visually impaired people, and students who prefer to have their curriculum read aloud. The Icelandic voice is called Gudrun.
Icelandic‘s addition to Edge is the result of co-operation between Microsoft, the Icelandic Centre for Language Technology (Almannarómur), and the R&D collective SÍM. Almannarómur is the official Language Technology Program for Icelandic; SÍM, the implementing body, comprises nine legal entities, researchers from the academic community, public institutions, and entrepreneurs in the business community.
To use the speech synthesizer in Icelandic, users simply click Tools and then Read aloud. In the top right corner there are voice options, one of which is Gudrun. There is also the facility to right-click any text and choose Read aloud.
Microsoft Edge is the most recent of the many language technology solutions – including chatbots, speech recognition software, and online translations –that have been developed by Almannarómur as part of the Icelandic Language Technology Programme.