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  1. Croossplay ability

    From everything that Xbox provides for a perfect gaming experience, there’s only one thing that I hate the most about live accessibility and that’s the absence of cross-play. It would be nice to be able to play with gamers on other platforms. Like an MMORPG game that supports a lot of people. I don’t mind talking to a person who is playing on a pc or ps4 while I’m on Xbox. That brings me and other players more people and a greater count of players to play and compete with. It makes me so sad that because of some regulations…

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  2. Have "word count zones" in Word

    As a disabled student, and a former assistive technology assessor who would step in when the dyslexia study skills tutor was ill, I see an opportunity to improve Word.

    1. Have word count zones which have an optional warning message / block on exceeding the set word count.

    2. Assign a word count and colour to listed topics, and have alerts.

    I would support students to look at the marking criteria percentage for each topic, the overall word count, calculate the word count for each topic, and allocate each topic a colour.

    This worked really well and students liked it.

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  3. Accessibility for the Deaf and People with no Voice

    Cortana should be teach artificial intelligence to assist our people.

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  4. Improved customer communications

    1. Engineers need to identify what the customer's issue is and always come back to the customer until it is solved. For example, Windows 10 updates are repeatedly failing so make sure the customer has a solution to enable them to gt working system again.
    2. Other companies let support staff toggle the customers' assistive technology on and off so the customer can hand over their PC to the engineer with no blips.
    3. Support staff on the Disability Answers Desk need to be better trained in the needs of visually impaired customers. I use 3rd party magnification software to…

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  5. Offer a customisable scroll bar for use in all Window applications

    After moving back to a PC / Windows after Apple ignored requests to reinstate the "traditional" scroll bar with a normal width, and up/down arrows, I was so happy to find that I can edit the Windows Registery to increase the width of the vertical and horizontal scroll bars.

    Please Microsoft, add the ability to have both the up/down arrows to either and of the scroll bar, change the width, and change the colour of the scroll bar, and the arrows to the Control. Panel.

    This would greatly improve accessibility to all applications.

    Thank you!

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  6. Make it impossible for software developers the have thin, "no up/down arrows" Apple macOS inaccessible scroll bars in Windows software

    I switched back to a Windows PC after 15 years of Mac ownership because Apple's post Mac OS X 10.6.6 scroll bars were reduced in width, and had their up/down arrows removed. This was a major accessibility / ease of use mistake. Over the years, the negative online comments have persisted.

    To my dismay, Postbox Inc, whose e-mail client I have a lifetime license for have released Postbox 7 for Windows - with Mac style inaccessible scroll bars. Postbox Inc claim that people called for this change, and worryingly, refuse to acknowledge that it has accessibility implications.

    Please Microsoft, make…

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  7. Make the word prediction offered by the onscreen keyboard available to hardware keyboard users

    The word prediction offered by the onscreen keyboard is excellent, and as a Springboard PC-1 keyboard user, and being a word prediction user, I feel that this prediction should be available in a vertical numbered 1 to 9 list. It should have easy to edit vocabulary files, with the option of verbal output of selected words. This alerts the user to the selection of an incorrect word being selected by pressing 5 instead of 6 for example. It should work in any application.

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  8. Optional switch between the ribbon and "old" drop down menus and toolbars

    Each time I use Word and Excel, I long for the demise of the "ribbon" and the return of plain, normal drop down menus and customisable tool bars. These were far more accessible, and still the norm in many none Microsoft applications.

    Please replace the ribbon in all Office applications with traditional drop down menus and icons, or make it option. I use a specialist trackerball, often with difficulty due to hand and arm coordination difficulties, so ask Microsoft to make this change.

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  9. With rise in identity theft; uptick in network security breaches - cyber security education for accessibility users

    I’ve been hacked, my identity, equipment and files ravaged over the last year and still happening today. Those of us who may not be aware that cyber-predators are waiting for the first opportunity to access our personal and financial data via computer and IOT network insecurities are on par to fall prey to network-based terror. My network-attack is a targeted crime, and could not have been prevented. But I want to warn others like me, who use the internet everyday and maintain many accounts through the email, if just takes one hacker to think about this community of internet users…

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  10. Hearing Aid Features on Win10 and Surface Pro

    To include a ‘hearing aid’ feature option on Windows 10 and Surface Pro’s to seamlessly connect to hearing aids when using Microsoft Teams. This feature is already available on iPhones but makes conference & content sharing views difficult to see.

    https://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/iphone/hearing/

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  11. Surface Notebook Flaw Design

    Put padding on closing surface notebook may help to prevent screen from cracking when closing it.!!!

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  12. Having both Mic & CloseCaps to work together with gaming mode.

    Having a Mic to work alongside with the Close-Captions in a real-time effect in a squad-based gaming-modes. This would open up an whole new frontier for those who are deaf and HH like me, who rely on visuals as we tend to use an different perceptive in gaining, In what as some would say is a loss...becomes a gain. thank you for reading this...

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  13. 1.{Plastic-glasses}For those who need Close-Captions wear them in a movie theater..the captions will show on the bottom, while watching ...

    1a).Imbedded within the filming on the bottom is the Close Caption...but it is liken to the testing of a person with being "color-blind". 1b).You will need to wear the plastic glasses to see the imbedded CC all the while watching the Close Captions in an hearing world. Called "SeaCaps" on the glasses. take them off you would see the movie without the close-captions.
    2). This would be a MAJOR breakthrough in a ever so changing world of technology. Also, think of the many foreign languages we have in this world...

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  14. 1 DEFECT / DRAWBACK / ERROR/PROBLEM OF WORD ,EXCEL ,POWWERPOINT

    1 DRAWBACK / ERROR / DEFECT / PROBLEM IS THERE IN WORD , EXCEL , POWERPOINT ....

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  15. Can you make the magnification zoom work the same away that it works on Mac OS?

    Windows magnifier needs to get better!
    It is not smooth, not fast, and looks jammed.
    I believe the way Apple implemented it on Mac OS, and Google on Chrome OS, are much faster and intuitive.
    Allow users to get customize the key the want to use to zoom.
    Allow users to select a text, press customizable keys, and have narrator read it.

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  16. laptop issues with live streamming

    you need to make these laptops and PCS be able to live stream games from the PC so players can not have these random issues that keep coming up on them such as FPS loss and lagging issues,& NOT suddenly be interrupted by a windows 10 update that will or has or is causing a lot of problems with games,apps,and pcs etc when players are trying/are already or just learning how to live stream

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  17. Hi it is fantastic that Microsoft are now taking access for all so seriously. These developments are life changing for many.

    Many of your ideas related to one type of disabilty. However many people experience multiple disabilities and the products mentioned don’t seem to take this into consideration. Even this like for those experiencing heating impairments. You are using written captioning. Many people who are profoundly deaf struggle with the written word and would benefit from signing being incorporated into any technology they use. Also those who use their eyes to access technology, this is phenomenal but again many people will struggle with this because of stigmatisation etc or the pupils just not being picked up properly. What is the solution…

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  19. My Microsoft word is set up for the visually impaired , i can set the font size cant make taskbarslarger PLEASE TRY 2 fix it

    Make icons in task bars in windows word doc & outlook emails Larger , I had to cancel outlook yesterday I am visually impaired everything across the top & down the left side were invisible to me .

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  20. Eye Control Settings - Autism - Keyboard Customization

    First of all,thanks to Microsoft for coming up with Eye Control accessibility feature. I am working on using this with my autistic son who is currently using RPM techniques (Rapid Prompting Technique) to communicate. Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c05Qq5WQew

    Here are some suggestions that could help try and adopt for kids with autism.

    Please provide keyboard customization including
    1) Keyboard with fewer options: Initial display could have options of A-I, J-R, S-Z or Numbers; Upon selection display the corrsponding limited set of keys.
    Ex: https://growingkidstherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/GKTC_Black_Set-of-3-Stencils.png
    https://growingkidstherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/GKTC_Stencils-All.png
    2) More dwell time options (time input?)
    3) Option to eliminate predictions on the keyboard (This could…

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