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Microsoft has added a hidden feature in preview build 26052 for Windows 11, allowing users to clone their own voice. This will enable them to customize a text-to-speech feature to their voice.

On X, user ‘PhantomOfEarth’ shared a hidden settings page within the new build. This page includes the ‘Speak for me’ feature that allows users to choose a ‘voice avatar’ or their synthesized voice to convert written text to speech.

Users can use the voice feature during online meetings, allowing individuals with permanent or temporary speech problems to still participate in online meetings using their own voice.

Een screenshot van de toegankelijkheidsinstellingen in Windows 10.

The feature does not yet appear to work directly from the settings page, but a workaround is available to activate it. To do so, download the ViVeTool and place the files in the c:vivetool folder. Next, press the Windows key + X and select “Terminal (Admin). In Terminal, enter the command: ‘c:vivetool /enable /id:47123936’. After that, open the ‘Settings’ using the Windows key + I. Go to ‘Accessibility’ and under ‘Speech’ the new ‘Speak to me’ feature should appear.

Apple also has voice cloning functionality

Apple has also already released such functionality in iOS, Personal Voice. Users must record about 15 minutes of their voice, after which the software on the local device creates a digital copy of the voice. This feature currently works only in English.

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