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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…

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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

      9 votes
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        1 comment  ·  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.

        10 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.

          16 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  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?

            8 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…

              12 votes
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                3 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.…

                8 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • I will like the SEEING AI

                  I will like the SEEING AI application loaded into smart-glasses or devices that can be attached to other glasses.

                  2 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Can you add some arrow keys to the on screen keyboard? Sometimes using the eyetracker I just want to go back a couple of characters or line

                    Can you add some arrow keys to the on screen keyboard? Sometimes using the eye tracker I just want to go back a couple of characters or lines to make an edit and using arrows keys would make it much easier and faster.

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                      2 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • address the instructions and execution options.

                        Somewhere on the info page about how to down load W10 there needs to be a simple path leading to the execution link "Down load w10 from here".
                        I have not discovered this obvious link yet and have exhausted my visual imparement thus far. It cant be that bloody hard to simplyfy the process.

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Seeing AI on Android

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

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                            13 comments  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • "message list" "outlook for mac"

                            I am an Escalation Lead in Microsoft CSS and received an escalation this past week regarding Accessibility Features that are not working properly in Outlook for Mac. There are Font configuration options that are supposed to make the Message List and emails more readable for visually impaired users; however, the customer reports that the settings are not being retained. They reset back to defaults. This is a major issue for this customer's ongoing use of our products. Thanks!

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                              2 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  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

                              10 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • In outlook

                                In outlook, I would like the delete X added back in next to the flag in e-mail. This helps since I have limited movement

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                                  1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make an affordable Surface Phone

                                  I think Microsoft has a huge chance of making new found success in the mobile industry. Hear me out, all the successful companies that offer full a full line of products has some sort of connected ecosystem that merges all services as seamlessly as possible i.e Apple* and I believe in the computing industry Microsoft still remains dominant but to get more people using the services I think they should push a new product ...a surface phone. A key to tying that into their product portfolio should be Skype. Just like Apple remains dominant with iMessage. The Surface phone should…

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                                    1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  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.

                                    3 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allows screen readers to work better when editing cells in Excel

                                        In Excel 2016/365 on Windows Desktop editing cells with JAWS or NVDA often fails -- especially when the height of the cell has been changed to be higher manually. Press F2 to edit a cell and move up and down with arrows with JAWS or NVDA -- in many cases especially if the height has been previously adjusted the screen reader says nothing. This is not the case for Office 2010 which works correctly with both screen readers. Narrator does speak correctly in Excel 2016 but Narrator is so sluggish compared to NVDA or JAWS I can't do my job…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Excel - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make screen readers read suggested names when composing a mail in Windows mail. No screen reader is able to read names automatically

                                          When you type text into the to or cc/bcc fields in Windows Mail, Mail will suggest names as you type. The names cannot however be red out by any screen reader, unless you move focus out of the field, and then back into the field, often by using tab and then shift+tab back into the field. When you do this the suggested name is being spoken, but it should not be necessary to
                                          move out of the field to get this information spoken.

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