Microsoft joins Be My Eyes app to provide tech support to Blind and Low Vision customers

For 900,000 people across 150 countries, the Be My Eyes app and its hundreds of thousands of sighted volunteers help people who are Blind or Low Vision do tasks, like cooking, or helping them find something they lost, reading a letter or even directing them to catch the right bus. The free smartphone app, available on iOS…


Microsoft Accessibility sessions slated for CSUN 2018

The 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is March 19-23 in San Diego, California. At Microsoft, we’re busy preparing for exhibit hall demonstrations and a record number of sessions, which we’ve scheduled Wednesday through Friday. Thursday, our annual Microsoft Reception will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Seaview Room (lobby level.) Throughout…


Technology has the power to unlock limitless learning

Microsoft is empowering students to create the world of tomorrow. This week in London at the Bett education tech conference, Yusef Medhi, corporate vice president, Windows and Devices Group, shared new Windows 10 devices great for education. In addition, Eran Megiddo, corporate vice president, Microsoft Education, provided an update on the next wave for inclusive…


2018 Special Olympics USA Games coming to Seattle in July

On July 1, 4,000 athletes and coaches from across the country will arrive in Seattle to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Microsoft is proud to be the presenting sponsor of these games. It will be a special week for all of us – the athletes, the city of Seattle and our region,…


CodeTalk: Rethinking accessibility for IDEs

By Suresh Parthasarathy, Senior Research Developer; Gopal Srinivasa, Senior Research Software Development Engineer Software programming productivity tools known as integrated development environments, or IDEs, are supposed to be a game changer for Venkatesh Potluri, a research fellow in Microsoft’s India research lab. Potluri is a computer scientist who regularly needs to write code efficiently and accurately…


Narrator Scan Mode updates for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 has built-in accessibility fundamentals that offer programs and settings to make devices easier and more comfortable to use. Since the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, we’ve made several improvements to Narrator’s scan mode, which lets you navigate apps, email, and webpages using the arrow keys along with common keyboard shortcuts to read text…


Accessible Diagrams with Microsoft Visio

Data visualization is increasingly a part of every job and profession, and Microsoft Visio can help simplify and communicate complex information using diagrams. We’re committed to making sure that the process and content created in Visio – from flowcharts to floor plans to blueprints – is accessible to ensure every person can achieve more. Microsoft…


Empowering the Transformation to a More Inclusive and Accessible World

By Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD) serves as an important reminder that globally there are over a billion people with a disability. This year’s theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all” is especially relevant to our accessibility efforts here at Microsoft. This is…


Inclusion in action: Steve uses technology to access printed materials in a crisis

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Steve. He is a father who is blind and managed a medical crisis involving his young daughter, with OneNote and Office Lens by his side to make printed materials accessible. His is the final story in our Inclusion in action series announced last month, highlighting how accessible technologies…