Microsoft Reader should come back with AI-enhanced features

Microsoft Reader should make a comeback on mobile devices.

by Flavius Floare

Flavius Floare

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  • Microsoft could enhance the Reader app with AI capabilities, including text-to-speech features.
  • It should be designed for mobile devices, first and foremost, and it could come in different versions, as well.
  • What do you think? Should Microsoft Reader make a comeback?

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Remember the Microsoft Reader app? While the app is still available to download in Microsoft Store, officially, Microsoft retired this app in 2018. The Redmond-based tech giant has a tendency to retire apps that no longer serve any purpose, apparently.

Recently, Microsoft announced that it will retire WordPad, for example, after the app has been around for more than 25 years. Even though it’s perfectly functional, Microsoft advises you to use Microsoft Word or NotePad to process your texts.

In the case of Microsoft Reader, Microsoft replaced it with Edge, and the company will show you the following message if you try to download it and open it.

Microsoft Edge is the new home for PDFs! The Reader app is no longer available on this and later versions of Windows. Switch to Microsoft Edge where you can do a lot more with your PDFs.

But in 2023, there are still a lot of users who would love an e-book reader from Microsoft. And while Reader is long gone, Microsoft should bring it back, with some AI capabilities this time.

An AI-enhanced Microsoft Reader app would be perfect for mobile reading

Apple has iBooks, Google has Google Play Books, Amazon has Kindle, and so on… Can someone tell me why Microsoft doesn’t have a flagship ebook reader for Windows? It seems like something so basic to have.

And indeed, I have to agree. Microsoft should have its own mobile e-book reader. Or it should bring Microsoft Reader back, optimize it for mobile devices, and add useful features to it. For example:

  • Ability to support any e-book file formats on the market.
  • A note-taking and bookmarking ability, where you could easily return to the parts of the book that you loved.
  • Text-to-speech abilities: It would make the app accessible to a lot of people, and with their current AI technologies, Microsoft can actually do it.
  • Microsoft Reader would be free, but it can also have Premium editions, with more features, such as text composing, and editing.
  • It could also incorporate a digital library, where you can buy books from.

Maybe it’s time for Microsoft to bring the Microsoft Reader app back. What do you think? Would you use it?

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