Which Imagine Cup World Finalist team will win the Ability Award?

One week from today, one of the 35 Imagine Cup World Finals teams will win the Ability Award. Microsoft Imagine Cup is arguably the world’s premier student technology competition, and the Ability Award will recognize the 2016 Imagine Cup World Finals student team whose project best demonstrates innovation with the potential to drive a more accessible…

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Making progress on accessibility with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

With more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft is passionate about accessibility and ensuring our products work for all our customers. Today we are excited to share additional details about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which represents a significant step forward in our effort to make Microsoft products accessible. We encourage…


New Edge Blog: Ensuring high-quality browser accessibility with automation

Yesterday, the Edge team posted a new blog about ensuring high-quality browser accessibility with automated testing. This addition will help ensure accessibility is not accidentally regressed as we make other improvements to the browser. Ongoing work has helped improve accessibility in Edge, but we want all Windows users to have a remarkable accessibility experience, no…


Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2016: The Power of Awareness

The following blog post was written by Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer. Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an international day of action to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility. For me, it’s a moment to pause and reflect on what I’ve learned since moving into the role of Chief Accessibility…

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New Edge Blog: Building a more accessible user experience with HTML5 and UIA

Yesterday the Edge team posted a new blog that walks through ongoing work to advance Edge’s accessibility. The goal is to ensure developers and users can easily get accurate information on platform accessibility across browsers, making it easier to build more accessible sites and make informed decisions when using accessibility features. The blog includes some…


Further Details on the Coming Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10

The following blog post was written by Kelly Ford. He is Senior Program Manager on the Windows Accessibility team. We recently blogged about some improvements to Narrator in Windows 10.  Now that some of those changes are available to Windows Insiders, we wanted to provide you with specifics on using some of the updated features…


Accessibility and the Windows 10 Free Upgrade

As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies. We are continuing to deliver on our previously-shared vision for accessibility for…


Building a More Accessible Web Platform

In February the Edge team shared the roadmap for empowering all Microsoft Edge customers through accessibility and inclusive design. Today, we’re excited to share more about Microsoft Edge’s native support for the modern UI Automation accessibility framework, coming with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. UI Automation enables Windows applications to provide programmatic information about their…


Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10

In February, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, chief accessibility officer for Microsoft, reaffirmed our company-wide commitment to accessibility and outlined our guiding principles and goals to improve accessibility across our products, services and websites. In support of this commitment, the Windows team would like to share progress the team has made with respect to Narrator since the release…


Seeing AI: New Technology Research to Support the Blind and Visually Impaired Community

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, which includes creating and delivering technology for people of all abilities. As a part of this effort, last week at the Microsoft Build Conference, we debuted a new research project in development – Seeing AI – aimed at helping…