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…


Windows 10 upgrade considerations for screen reader and magnifier users

UPDATE: Narrator and reader functionality in Windows 10 were updated in the Anniversary Update. Check for updates to make sure you have the latest features. For more information, check out our more recent blog, “Making progress on accessibility with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update”.   — This blog post was written by Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility…


Texas Wins FCC Award for Its New Tools That Help People Create Accessible Microsoft Materials

The Texas state government won a national award earlier this month for its new web-based tools that help people create accessible Microsoft 2010 materials, everything from Word documents to PowerPoint demonstrations.  Texas won one of the Federal Communication Commission’s seven awards for innovations in accessibility communications. It was recognized for creating a set of learning…


Microsoft Will Help Launch a New Association for Accessibility Professionals

  This blog post was written by Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer. Rob is responsible for the company’s worldwide strategy to develop software and services that make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to see, hear, and use their computers. —– Last month, I joined the founding members of the International…


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…


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…


Disability Answer Desk Phone Support Expands to 11 Countries

The Disability Answer Desk is a team of Windows and Office Support Agents who specialize in assisting customers with disabilities as well as accessibility settings in Microsoft products. We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the DAD service to 11 countries via phone support with six of those countries also offering chat support….


European Disability Forum and Microsoft Team up to Enhance Accessibility

Accessibility is now high on the European agenda as the European Union and 24 out of the 27 EU Member States have ratified the United-Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that persons with disabilities have the rights to access the digital environment to the same extent as anyone else. The…


Winners chosen for Imagine Cup Accessibility!

The Awards ceremony was yesterday, and all the student winners were announced! The onsite 24-hour Interface Design Accessibility winners were Team JivAd, from France. Throughout their analysis of the design problem and their proposed design solution, they thoughtfully incorporated accessibility requirements. They highlighted aspects of their design that would make it easier for people to…


Invitation to participate in Microsoft online survey of computer users who have low vision

Hi. I am working on a research project to understand how people optimize their computer to make it easier to see.  We just kicked off an online survey and are recruiting people who have vision impairments. So, if you have low vision or color blindness, we’d really appreciate your feedback. And if there’s someone you…