Nokia Contest Will Reward Developers of Apps for Vision-Impaired Users on Windows Phone

The following blog post was written by David Dzumba – Accessibility program manager at Microsoft. He has worked in this area of the technology sector for more than 16 years. —- The explosive growth of app development for mobile phones has been particularly helpful to blind and low-vision users. Today, apps enable a mobile phone…


Interview: Developing Accessible Applications for Windows Phone

The following blog post was written by David Dzumba – Accessibility program manager at Microsoft. He has worked in this area of the technology sector for more than 16 years. —In the earliest stages of development it is important to design an application for everyone, including those of us with limitations in vision, hearing, speech,…


Microsoft and the European Disability Forum Host Discussion on E-Government

The following blog post was written by James Thurston – Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft. James works with Microsoft’s global subsidiaries, NGOs, and governments around the world to develop public policies that support broad digital inclusion. —- Yesterday Microsoft co-hosted an important policy discussion with the European Disability Forum (EDF) at the European…


Researchers Turn Kinect into an Accessibility Prototype that Translates Sign Language

We often think of Microsoft’s Kinect as a cool part of video games, but researchers created a new prototype that uses Kinect to translate sign language into spoken and written words and spoken words into sign. The new accessibility tool is the result of a collaboration between Microsoft Research Asia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences…