Windows Automation API 3.0 has shipped!

Greetings,   I am proud to announce that our Windows Automation API 3.0 Platform has shipped to Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.  Our platform now provides a consistent API surface for both providers and clients to create solutions for customers all supported Windows platforms.  This release enables ISV’s to…


New Windows 7 Video: Driving Better Accessibility and Performance with UIA Interoperability

Take a look at our latest video on Windows 7 accessibility and how interoperability plays a key role in achieving digital inclusion through both Assistive Technology (AT) and Information Technology (IT).  You can see how Microsoft enables users to connect with third-party Assistive Technology products like open source or other commercially available AT products to…


Announcing the Platform Update for Windows Vista

  To ensure successful transition to Windows 7 for our Accessibility ecosystem partners, we’re announcing the release of the Platform Update for Windows Vista which will be available in the Fall of 2009.  For detailed installation instructions, please review the KB article. What is the Platform Update? The Platform Update contains Windows 7 features that…


Automation Tools final release available via the Windows SDK

The Windows Automation API team is happy to announce that the final release of our tools is available in the Windows 7 SDK.  These tools include: ·         Inspect ·         AccEvent ·         UI Spy   The RTM release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now available for customers to…


Engineering Your Software for Accessibility

  Many developers realize they need to make their software accessible, but they don’t know where to start.  Scanning the internet will result in lots of different articles, focusing on implementations for a specific framework and platform.  In today’s complex world of software, developers don’t just start writing code; they design their software.  Unfortunately, that…


Windows Automation API SDK Tools

Windows Automation API 3.0 Some of you may be wondering why we refer to the Microsoft Accessibility programming platform as “Windows Automation API 3.0“. We named it that way because the SDK isn’t really just about MSAA or UI Automation anymore. It’s a combination of both old and new technologies. For instance, the Dynamic Annotation API…


UI Automation support in the NVDA Screen Reader

NV Access has been able to implement support in NVDA for Microsoft’s unmanaged UI Automation client API found in the up and coming Windows 7 Operating System. NV Access developers have been working on this support since the start of this year and just a few days ago decided that it was complete enough to…


Behind the scenes

Many people work together make an effective theatre production.  Some are actors, others directors, but many work backstage.  These guys and gals work hard to make sure the play goes smoothly, both for those on the stage and those in the audience.  You probably have seen our “Ease of Access Panel” or our other applets…


Meet the Windows UI Automation & Accessibility team

Norm Hodne is the Lead Program Manager in the Windows Experience Group responsible for the accessibility APIs, accessibility applications, and the speech commanding and dictation features shipped in Windows. Norm also is a representative to the INCITS V2 standards organization where he works on standards related to accessibility. Masahiko Kaneko is a Senior Program Manager…