Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 08-21-2014

There are many different versions of Windows in use today. Generally speaking, their support of text-to-speech has been limited, hard to set up, and much weaker than what was readily available on any Mac.

Until recently, at least …

For many years, rather than fighting with Windows, we recommended that PC users purchase an add-on text-to-speech program such as TextAloud, Read & Write Gold or the Solo Literacy Suite. Another program, called NaturalReader, even offers a free version (that can be upgraded to the full version if desired).

At the time of this writing, all of these programs were still being actively developed and sold. They may still be the best option for many users of Windows — especially those using all but the latest versions of this operating system.

That said, beginning with Windows 7, Microsoft has improved its text-to-speech support! Check out these Frequently Asked Questions for details.