Making Microsoft products more accessible: What to expect in 2017

The following is a post from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer   Tomorrow is International Day of Persons with Disabilities and this year’s theme is focused on achieving goals of the future that we want. In the spirit of the day, I thought I’d take the opportunity to give an update on the important…

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Exploring ideas for making visual art more inclusive

All good innovation comes from experimentation. Check out the Microsoft Research blog today to learn more about a fascinating experimental project where research is meeting art to create interactive audio experiences that could make visual art more accessible for everyone.

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Office 365 Education: New Resources to Create More Inclusive and Personalized Learning Environments

The following is a post from Malavika Rewari, product marketing manager, Microsoft Office 365 In October, the Microsoft Office and Microsoft Education teams partnered with a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert to raise awareness of free tools built into Office 365 and Windows 10 that can help special and general education teachers give students with disabilities a…


Microsoft Event Kicks Off with Video about Building Windows for Each of Us

The following is a post from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer   At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Today at a Microsoft event in New York, we opened the show with a video about how our team has been inspired to build Windows…


Empowering IT professionals to advance accessibility initiatives

The tools and technologies available to IT pros to advance accessibility in their organizations are growing. Recently, the Office 365 team hosted discussions with IT pros at the Microsoft Ignite conference to explore ways that organizations are working to enhance accessibility in their working environments. The event also included some deep dives into tools available today in Office 365…


Accessibility standards helping organizations be inclusive and compliant

Today, Microsoft Europe shared an update on the exciting momentum happening on emerging global accessibility standards, such as ETSI EN 301 549 (EN), across Europe and beyond. You can read more about it on our EU Policy Blog. If you are an organization looking for information about how Microsoft’s products conform to accessibility standards, be aware that Microsoft has…


Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility update

This morning, the Office team outlined the latest accessibility enhancements in Office 365 to help ensure both that people with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device, and that everyone can easily create accessible content. To learn more, read the blog post from John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for…


New Accessibility Documentation for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The following blog post was written by Seth Oglesby, a Content Developer on the Windows Content Publishing team. ————————– We’ve been hard at work updating our documentation for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and we’re excited to share new resources to help you learn about new and updated accessibility features. Narrator content improvements For the…


ICYMI: Accessibility – in oneweek

The following is a post from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer   There has been so much fantasticness (if that’s a word) in the last couple of weeks on the accessibility front, I wanted to just take a moment to look back on some of the highlights. Between the availability of Windows 10 Anniversary…


Windows 10 free upgrade page for people who use assistive technologies

With the end of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer today for the general public, we want to remind customers who use assistive technologies that the deadline will not apply to you. As promised, we are rolling out a new webpage, starting today, to help customers who use assistive technologies to navigate the process and…