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  1. Add hotkeys in Skype 8 and newer Add hotkeys in Skype 8 and newer

    Since Microsoft will prevent Skype 7 from accessing the Skype network after the 1st of September 2018, they need to enhance Skype 8's functionality to get at least some of Skype 7's functionality to it. One of those missing and crucial for the visually impaired users functions are the global hotkeys for answering and rejecting a call, and similar ones. |They should be restored to Skype 8 as they are in Skype 7. Otherwise, answering or rejecting a call for visually impaired keyboard users is practically a nightmare at the moment. Since Microsoft will prevent Skype 7 from accessing the…

    10 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make Chinese IME Microsoft Pinyin accesssible to other screen readers

      Only narrator can read candidate item of Chinese input method. Other screen reader cannot get candidate item of Microsoft Pinyin through ITfUIElementSink

      7 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow Narrator to unmute the system sound device

        Narrator should check the system output device when ever it is activated. If the sound device is muted, Narrator should automatically unmute it and set the volume to a value such as 50% so that it is audible. If the sound device is working properly, Narrator should do nothing and start normally. This would be a great help when trying to work with a system where the sound was muted. By pressing Control+Windows+Enter, the screen reader starts and the sound device is unmuted and set to a relatively high volume.

        12 votes
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          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Enable Cortana and Narrator to work together without them both talking on top of one another.

          Narrator and Cortana talk on top of each other when I use both at the same time.

          6 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add Speech to Windows BIOS

            The most inaccessible part of Windows is the BIOS. There is no way for a blind person to change the BIOS by them selves and it is almost impossible to have someone on your phone read the screen that is on the bios over the phone.
            This means that I need to have someone who is comfortable with working on the innards of the computer, who I trust, following directions from someone who has no idea what they should be looking for.
            This is the only time where Narrator has an advantage over other screen readers.
            Please allow some access…

            8 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Automatically pause Narrator while Cortana is listening.

              Unlike Siri and VoiceOver on Apple products, Cortana and Narrator are not integrated. Blind and low vision users expect the screen reader to pause whenever a personal assistant is listening for commands.

              One third-party developer, Freedom Scientific attempts to remedy this by ducking the audio from it's screen reader (JAWS) whenever Cortana is invoked. However, this method isn't always effective at preventing Cortana from detecting feedback from JAWS.

              Is it possible to provide such functionality in Narrator?

              5 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make the GitHub contribution chart accessible

                With the recent acquisition of GitHub, I am hoping Microsoft can help to make parts of it more accessible. The contribution chart in particular is a mess. It is completely keyboard inaccessible, its hit areas are too small, it offers no cues for what is interactive, its contrast is poor, it is not exposed to screen readers in any way, and it is not even responsive.

                As a coding experiment I outlined these issues and made a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant version and shared it with GitHub in the hopes they would use it:

                http://adrianroselli.com/2018/02/github-contributions-chart.html

                9 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Narrator and difficult situations

                  Narrator is becoming more powerful with every windows 10 release. With that being said, here are some things that would make it more valuable. 1. The ability to access advanced settings in windows, as well as bios configurations. There are times when I need to immage on to a USB drive, and I am unable to. 2. The ability for narrator to work with browsers outside Edge and the now outdated internet explorer. 3. Abaility for narrator to work with other applications o outside microsoft. 3. The abaility for narrator to work with complex web applications that offer chat functionality.4.…

                  5 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Seeing AI on Android

                    Seeing AI is a fantastic app! Please make it available on Android platform.

                    39 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • An audible alert for Notification bar

                      With magnification (or even a screen reader), it is often impossible to know that the notification bar has popped up and is awaiting some response. A simple bing sound would alert users to press Alt-N to answer the question. Ideally, focus would automatically move to the notification bar.

                      9 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Magnifier  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Narrator Create a video reading a word document, an excel spreadsheet, and internet explorer website. I find the narrator giving level blank

                        Narrator Create a video reading a word document, an excel spreadsheet, and internet explorer website. I find the narrator giving level blank,level blankity blank confusing for a sighted viewer who does not know html.
                        Narrator could certainly benefit from a gamified tutorial with the option of turning off the level this or that announcement. If all else fails have a tutorial on JAWS.

                        2 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • not require users (disabled or otherwise) to have a cellphone number to set up a Microsoft account (as this could breach the Equality Act)

                          Through disability I do not use a cellphone (others do not due to lack of coverage) but found I couldn't set up a Microsoft Account without one and therefore couldn't activate my new copy of Microsoft Office.

                          It took and hour-long call to Microsoft's (very helpful) Accessibility Helpline just to to get my Microsoft Office activated.

                          Others might be tempted to use a friend's cellphone; thus leaving somebody else's number on file (a potential security risk).

                          Surely a company such as Microsoft cannot have missed the implications of requiring a cellphone (texts) in respect of those with disabilities and /or…

                          2 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enforcements are To harsh

                            An enforcement from the people on that team I feel are too harsh on the play. A recent suspension that I have recive is a week ban and it doesn’t even tell me what or how I did something wrong. I am Very good at multiple games. When I revive hate messages I take the lightly and do not respond. But what if that play reports me for being unsporting when they are the ones who sent the message. I feel that has happened to me and now I feel I am being punished for excepting in a game that…

                            2 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • ADVISE WHEN Seeing AI app will be available on Android phones. Help near blind folks know if they must buy a new Apple iPhone? Or wait?

                              Aged near blind must have access to this terrific app. Must they buy an iPhone and scrap their Android device only to find out next day that Seeing AI is now available for Android devices. PLEASE - just let us know WHEN so that we can make intelligent decisions. Surely Microsoft can do better than "We're working on it". Thanks MUCH.

                              5 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make it easier to help customers

                                I have been locked out of my emails as I am overseas. I have done everything step by step as asked several times and still no avail. Have tried to call help line and nothing? I need my email account unlocked as I am travelling and it is vital to me overseas and for work purposes back home!

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                                  2 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Sticky Note Problems

                                  I used sticky notes on a daily basis on a different computer (the notes stayed on my desktop all the time with notes) and loved it
                                  On the computer I am currently on ( Windows 10) sticky notes 2.1.18.0 I can not change the fonts or make the fonts larger, It is absolutely horrible and I hate it. I can not read anything on it. Can you please fix this problem so that I can use sticky notes again? I need it for school.
                                  I need the font size larger and i need different font styles. A.S.A.P.
                                  The sticky notes…

                                  3 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 11 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Adjustable font size in Skype

                                      Please let us freely adjust font size in conversation area of skype, and don't limit us at 24 pts, font sizes of 60+ points are very welcome

                                      2 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add an option to Runas Administrator for windows installer package

                                        In the latest stable builds there in Windows Defender Ransomware Protection introduced... But for the Protected Folders List, Windows Installer Throw an Error (Error Code 2503 and 2502) when Try to Install and Uninstall msi pkg...

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                                          2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • I’m trying to access my hotmail account. I have not been on this account for I’m not even sure how long. The password that I used for this ?

                                          I’m trying to get into my Hotmail account but haven’t been very successful. 4 years ago I was in a horrific accident and now I suffer from memory issues. Anyways I used the same password to get into my laptop that I used for my Hotmail account and I really need help getting my account information. Can anybody please please please help me??

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                                            3 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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