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  1. I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

    Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

    35 votes
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      17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Seeing AI on Android

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

      19 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Windows Speech Recognition (SAPI) does not shut down properly on Windows 10. I suggest you fix this bug :)

        How to replicate said issue:

        I have placed a shortcut for starting Windows Speech Recognition on my Desktop.

        Shortcut copied from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessibility\Windows Speech Recognition

        - Click the shortcut to start Windows Speech Recognition
        - Open Start
        - Close Start
        - Close Windows Speech Recognition
        - Click the shortcut to Windows Speech Recognition

        Windows Speech Recognition won’t open. Looking at Task Manager you’ll see Speech Recognition still running.

        If you open Start, you’ll see Speech Recognition disappearing from Task Manager and you are able to open Windows Speech Recognition again.

        This odd bug is somehow tied to the Start menu.

        6 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

          please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

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            1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 4 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Soundscape  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Implement scanning access for switch users to Windows please.

              While the new Eye Control is a game changer for many people with physical access difficulties, it doesn't necessarily t work for folk that may need switch access through the OS. Currently only third party programs can do this via floating onscreen keyboards (ACAT, Grid 3, Communicator 5) - but a more elegant and robust solution would be to allow access directly to OS UI elements. An alternative might be to implement a basic and customisable onscreen keyboard in Ease of Access that allowed interaction with Windows (perhaps even bring ACAT radar mouse control into Win10?.

              4 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Can you (Microsoft) please improve the GPS instructions on the Soundscape app?

                I love the new and magnificent app, but am still struggling a little bit with it. Below are my struggles as a legally blind user:

                1. It's too hard for me to determine from which direction my destination is by just listening to the beacon. Can you please find a better way to have the app guide me to my destination?

                2. Can the GPS instructions be made easier to understand for the visually impaired? I can't interpret directions based on street names and numbers. I would prefer that the app tells me how to get to my destination by…

                3 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Soundscape  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • sticky notes is not disability friendly

                  The sticky notes in the Microsoft Store are not disability friendly at all. It is so frustrating that many programs have been made without us in mind. It is such a shame. I am a college student and I cannot utilize a lot of things offered in the Microsoft Store. I am so disgusted my this.

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                    1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 3 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Play sounds for interface elements in Narrator

                      Productivity is a huge part of everyone's life nowadays, and blind people are no different. We want to be as fast and efficient as possible, doubly so to keep up with sighted counterparts. Speech is a great way to access information, but for repeating information it just gets in the way. Sound is a better solution for showing what interface element a user has landed on, because it only takes a few milliseconds to play, whereas speech can be either the same length, or up to a second based on how fast speech is talking. These sounds could replace the…

                      8 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • GroupMe

                        Hi,

                        I know that GroupMe is part of the Skype Family, but can you add it to this list for Microsoft feedback accessibility? This would help me to send it directly to developers about accessibility issues like bugs.

                        I gave some feedback regarding accessibility issues to developers on App Store (under Review), but hasn't fixed the issues for a while.

                        Thank you,
                        Otto

                        6 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Seeing AI is FANTASTIC iPhone app for visually impaired. Can you possibly add ability to read playing cards, similar to currencies.

                          Seeing AI is FANTASTIC iPhone app for visually impaired. Can you possibly add ability to read playing cards, similar to currencies. PLEASE Android!

                          8 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add a GUI to manage which apps use Scan Mode

                            Please add a dialog box that lists all apps where Scan Mode has been set to automatically turn on. The user should be able to delete items from the list.

                            3 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Narrator doesn't always focus when I press Windows R, Windows X, or Windows I.

                              This issue has been around for quite some time and is still present in the April 2018 update. When I press Windows+R, I or X, Narrator doesn't always put the focus on the window or menu that appears. I find I have to press the command a second or third time for it to work correctly. This is especially annoying when trying to access the run dialog box. When I press Windows+R, I must press alt+tab to cycle to the dialog box. This behavior doesn't occur with other screen readers. When I press the command, NVDA correctly moves the focus…

                              3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add the ability to disable phonetics in Narrator

                                While it's great that Narrator now reads phonetic representations for characters, there is no way to disable it. This means I have to listen to it say things like alpha, charlie, etc when I move by character when all I really want is just the character spoken. Please add a toggle to disable this behavior for those who don't wish to use it.

                                3 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Please make the onscreen keyboard available on the Bitlocker password login screen

                                  I have a physical disability and rely on using the onscreen keyboard to type. Currently (as far as I know) the onscreen keyboard is only available on the Bitlocker decrypt screen when using a touch screen. Please make this keyboard available to use with the mouse also.

                                  3 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Xbox Adaptive Controller

                                    The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be a fantastic product. Being disabled, we tend to sometimes have very specific issues to solve when it comes to gaming. Will there be maybe a Help Desk type of forum for this device and maybe use cases on how people found it helpful. For me I am forced to be prone and lying down 24/7, this makes gaming very uncomfortable and I can not do the things I wish I could do, this device might help, but there are so many types of ways of using it, I might need help figuring out the…

                                    2 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add the ability for Narrator to play sounds instead of speaking formatting information.

                                      Narrator, at this time, uses spoken prompts to describe formatting. This requires more ability to parse information than print-reading people need to. Print readers don't hear "this is a bold test end bold." They see the bolded word or phrase. The blind should have the same experience, or as close as possible. There are two ways this may be achieved. Sounds for different formatting information may be played, but over time these may become confusing to the blind user as to what exactly is going on with the font if the sounds are too similar. The other option is the…

                                      8 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Accessibility tester

                                        I would love to become an Xbox accessibility tester, and give more feedback. My gamer tag is ThirdEye0pen. I am a quadriplegic with partial use of my arms, but not function in my wrists or hands. I LOVE to game on my Xbox and have been loyal to the product since its inception, and especially after my wreck. I am able to play a lot of games, however the ones that require 3 buttons to be used at the same time have been off limits. Even racing games, that require the trigger to be held aren't playable for me, even…

                                        3 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • fix the Win10 accessability release so that Security Essentials works...mine hasn't been able to update since I installed Win10!

                                          The accessibility WIN10 I installed hasn't been able to update Security Essentials since day #1. Nothing I have done, including reinstallation and installation of the "Fall Creator's Update" (whatever that is...) 1709 hasn't helped. I've had to buy Malwarebytes to keep things alive. And since your little subject box above doesn't offer "Security", I've had to select something irrelevant.

                                          And simply trying to do normal maint. updates results in some sort of "organizational" message -- I'm a standalone installation!

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                                            1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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