Microsoft's Building Windows 8 blog talks about the new accessibility features in the company's upcoming operating system, you can read all the details over here.
With each new release, we collate and respond to user feedback. It is clear that users want richer AT offerings to be included with Windows 8. In this release, we invested in the following areas to support this feedback:
We redesigned Narrator to improve its performance so that it quickly reads out what you have selected.
We added morel languages and voices to Narrator to support additional countries and preferences.
We updated components and features within Windows to leverage UI Automation that allows them to be read by Narrator.
We updated UI Automation (UIA) with more text patterns and document content so that Narrator can use it to read the outputs from applications.