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  1. Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between t

    Make the Narrator keyboard commands mimic two of the most popular screen readers JAWS or NVDA. This would make it easier to switch between the different screen readers. Narrator is starting to show some potential but as it becomes more useful it may be too difficult to use if the commands are to difficult to remember.

    18 votes

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  2. In edge, Narrator should take you to where you were on the previous page when performing the back command by pressing backspace. It should

    Currently, Narrator doesn't take you back to where you were on a webpage when going back to the previous page. For example, follow a link in this forum, then go back. Focus should return to the link you were on before going to the new page.

    7 votes

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  3. MAKE AN ACCESSIBLE VERSION OF CREATING AN ACCOUNT TO GET ACCESS TO ONLINE HELP. tHE LETTERS TO PROVE YOU ARE NO A ROBOT ARE TINY-

    MAKE AN ACCESSIBLE VERSION OF CREATING AN ACCOUNT TO GET ACCESS TO ONLINE HELP. tHE LETTERS TO PROVE YOU ARE NOt A ROBOT ARE TINY- GIVEN THAT THE AREA IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT ACCESS... DID YOU FORGET BILND PEOPLE??

    6 votes

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    Hi Richard,

    Thank you for making us aware of this issue with User Voice. We just met with them in regards to helping them become more accessible to users, especially since we are using them as one of our Microsoft venders. Thus we will forward this on to them for remediation.

    Is this occurring when you are trying to sign up for a UserVoice account or getting help on another Microsoft forum? If elsewhere, can you tell us specifically?

    If there is anything else that we can be of service for, please let us know.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

  4. Add an autoscroll or autopan feature for braille displays.

    When braille support is introduced into Narrator, I would like to have an automatic scrolling or panning mode. This would make it easier to read long passages of content without having to constantly press the scroll button on the display to scroll to the next line of braille. This feature could be further enhanced by customizable time intervals for the display to scroll. For example, have the display scroll after 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. This would let the user customize how quickly the refreshes occur.

    7 votes

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  5. Please allow scrreen readers to fully read Windows Runtime applications like the Cortana search box

    Apparently Microsoft just made a security decision to block any application, even a trusted screen reader, from injecting its code into any WinRT application.
    This includes Windows core components like the start menu, settings app and Microsoft Edge. This also means windows store apps as well.

    This greatly reduces accessibility in all these essential apps and in particular edit boxes. We are pretty much writing silently and there is no sound for when we misspelled something or when a suggestion comes up.
    Microsoft is moving more and more to having all their apps and components be packaged like this, so…

    18 votes

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  6. Native contrast support in Edge

    Completely transfer "color contrast availability" from content authors to end users by developing and integrating a color detection and analysis mechanism in Edge core and provide user configuration (global, per domain, per url).

    5 votes

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    Hello Neil,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. However, there is not enough information here to do anything with this issue. Are you asking about color contrast themes in Edge, High contrast, or color contrast ratios?

    Without clearer information, there’s nothing that can be done about this at this time. therefore customer will be asked forfurther details.

    Thank you,

    The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

  7. Put a chat on line

    a chat online to solve problems inmediately

    10 votes

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  8. Remove the compromise between keyboard and controler on XBox with Narrator

    I recently purchased an Xbox console. Here are my thoughts on the experiences so far and I think an underlying theme of where accessibility breaks and needs to improve. I am really passionate about making this a good console for users, so opening dialog up about this is critical. That's why I was super excited when I purchased my console a few weeks ago, a moment where I was confident that at least I'm getting some out-of-box accessibility solutions and a company dedicated to their mission.

    First, the biggest issue with Narrator, as it stands, is this controller-keyboard compromise I…

    8 votes

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  9. Allow HC themes to be edited

    When desiring to make changes to a high contrast theme, allow edits to be made to existing saved theme without having to save as a new name.

    5 votes

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  10. why did i have to up date my password about 20 times the last week

    thi is rediculous it keeps telling me my acc its outdated

    5 votes

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  11. Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

    Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

    7 votes

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  12. make narrator automatically switch voice based on the language of the text

    it would be very useful if the new mobile core voices can be language aware, so that an English voice would speak English text, the Arabic one would only read Arabic text, etc.

    18 votes

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  13. Bless U

    God Bless U...Self explanatory.

    6 votes

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  14. Capsule virtual reality

    A reputable company Microsoft, I apologize in advance for not being an exact translation (if he is), so I really do not know much English. I have just a few moments ago I saw your creation HoloLens, and I was deeply impressed by this device. And I would like to tell you about a text concept of absolute immersion in virtual reality devices.
    It is a capsule full immersion, in which a person falls into a trance or dream, using neural helmet that reads brain signals and converts to a digital signal, creating a virtual reality of total immersion, in…

    6 votes

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  15. Make the command lines work better with screen readers, including the new Bash client for developers

    The current command line works pretty good, but there are two major problems that showed up particularly in windows 10:
    1. You need to use the review cursor to read the command line. This is OK, but not novice friendly and has always been the case.
    2. When one has "speak typed characters on" or "speak typed words on" I will hear new output spelled to me rather than read normally. This is beyond aggravating!
    Next, the new Bash client acts like the command line, but when using things like SSH, Nano or Vim, it acts a little strangely.
    For…

    15 votes

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  16. Create new Outlook rule action to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts

    Please create new Outlook rule action option to "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar" for individual mailbox accounts.

    8 votes

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  17. Use background color to distinguish buttons in high-contrast themes

    The default high-contrast themes do not make use of the option to set a background color for buttons. Instead, they rely on the fact that default button styling includes a border, and set that border to the button text color. Buttons are thereby visually distinguished as text surrounded by a border. Some of the default high-contrast themes also use a different text color for buttons, but not all.

    This creates a problem when these styles are applied to websites in MS Edge. Many modern websites do not use border styles on buttons, instead relying on the background color, rounded corners,…

    9 votes

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  18. real time captioning for Skype for Business

    Desired outcome: During a Skype for Business call, when I am sharing my screen and a presentation/desktop demo my audience can see the words I am speaking coming up in front of them on their screens (or in the IM window) so they are able to read the English and follow (imagine deaf audience for eg)

    15 votes

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  19. give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

    give win10 the ability to have a thicker coloured border around Windows like in win7

    this would be extremly helpful for visually impaired users

    11 votes

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  20. 3D audio events

    Hi, I'd like it if Narrator's audio events were 3d, so that we could know where things are on the screen as we move to them. This could also include progress bars, updating from left to right, as it is visually.

    8 votes

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