Steps to reproduce
After upgrading to the Fall Creator’s update (Including Edge 41.16299.15.0, EdgeHTML 16.16299) Windows default text-to-speech reading speed seems to have been increased globally to what I (and probably others) would consider a bit too fast, making it uncomfortable and difficult to follow.
Unfortunately reading speed in Edge is currently limited to only the steppings of 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 1.5. 1.75., 2.0. The trouble now is that 1.0 might feel too fast but 0.75 too slow, and there is no way to set it to anything in-between.
This video demonstrates the issue with the “Microsoft Zira” voice (but it also affects the other voices):
Changing global windows settings (“Speech Settings”) seems to have no effect.
I’ve even gone as far as trying to modify the registry setting directly, in:
With no luck. Setting a value between 0.75 and 1.0 gets coerced back to either one of them.
Comments and activity
The “Microsoft Mark” voice seems to have a faster base speed, so the issue gets more pronounced when it’s selected (renders it basically unusable for me at 1.0 speed), I’ve made a second video to demonstrate that:
And in general, since third-party voices would probably have varying base speeds, I believe that being able to fine-tune by intervals smaller than 25% would be an important (if not essential) capability.
Since the reader feature has become so important (and loved!) to me personally, I’d be really happy if this capability would be available as soon as possible through an update. I’m sure a lot of other users would agree.
Anyway, keep on doing a great work! The speech feature alone has now made Edge an important productivity tool for me and I can’t wait for it to develop even further!