Microsoft to Sponsor Autism @ Work Summit and Host Virtual Career Fair for Candidates with Autism

As we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month throughout April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, it is important to remember that the vast majority of working age people with autism are either unemployed or underemployed. We continue to look for ways to empower people to achieve more and help candidates with autism work…


Making Technology More Accessible: OneNote, Project Torino and Copilot for Xbox One

By Microsoft Accessibility Blog As we continue to make our technology and services more accessible, we want to share a few recent highlights. This week, Microsoft is making the Accessibility Checker available on OneNote for Windows 10 as part of a series of updates for Office 365. The Accessibility Checker, which is also available in…


Game Chat Transcription feature available today in Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs

By Evelyn Thomas, Xbox Program Manager Today, Microsoft is releasing a new pilot feature available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs called Game Chat Transcription. This feature allows speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities, offering a new way to communicate that creates a more accessible and inclusive gaming experience for everyone. Game Chat Transcription works in…


CSUN 2017 Conference Recap

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer The Microsoft team and I were in San Diego last week at the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. There were so many moments of inspiration and learnings for us that it’s hard to choose just a few highlights. This year, Microsoft had the largest crew ever with over…


A Look Back – and a Look Ahead – at Accessibility at Microsoft

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer It’s been a little over a year since Microsoft restructured our approach to accessibility across the company and what a year it’s been! With CSUN kicking off this morning, want to take a moment to highlight the momentum at Microsoft and share some news – including an expanded…


Supporting enterprise and government customers with accessibility standards conformance testing for Microsoft products

By Clint Covington, Principal Program Manager, Accessibility, Office Product Group. At Microsoft, we are passionate about empowering our customers with technology designed for people of all abilities. For our enterprise and government customers, this means providing technology they can trust to work for all of their employees and customers, as well as providing information for…


Working with the General Services Administration to demonstrate Microsoft’s approach to make technology more accessible

At Microsoft, we are on a mission to to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. With 1+ billion people with disabilities in the world, we’re passionate about ensuring that our products and services are designed for people of all abilities. We are passionate about our work and are collaborating…


Meet Four of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2017

As part of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list, four employees at Microsoft were recognized for their innovations and achievements last year. The Most Creative People in Business list recognizes 170 men and women around the world who have worked on fascinating projects in their field. As scientists, managers, programmers, comedians, designers, musicians, writers, and activists,…


Enabling Xbox One to be accessible for everyone

Today, Microsoft is releasing the first wave of Xbox One features as part of the Creators Update to Xbox Insider Program members. Check out the blog on Xbox Wire today to learn more about the new features and options in Xbox One’s Creators Update that make this gaming device more accessible for everyone. The Creators Update is packed full…


16 Microsoft Accessibility sessions slated for CSUN 2017

By Megan Lawrence, PhD, Accessibility Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. The 32nd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is coming up in San Diego, CA, Feb. 27 – March 4. Here at Microsoft, we’re busy preparing for a record 16 sessions. 2016 was a transformational year for Microsoft Accessibility.  We have deep investments in accessibility company-wide, and…