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  1. 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 →
    • 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.

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        17 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve contrast/color schemes for Microsoft Office 2010 and newer

        The ribbon menus need another option that provides more contrast and easier to see icons for Low-Vision users. The current shades of gray, and small size are very frustrating for our low-vision students. We really miss the Office 2003 menu styles and color schemes which provided greater contrast.

        32 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Cheryl,

          Thank you for contacting us at the disability Answer Desk with this concern. We are currently tacking this concern as it’s been brought up concerning some of our other products. In the meantime, we are following up with our Product Managers to get an ETA of when a solution will be implemented. When we receive more information, we will post it here first.

          Thank you again for reaching out to us for your accessibility related concerns.

          Sincerely,

          The Microsoft Disability Answer desk Team.

        • make the BeeLine Reader plugin available for Microsoft Word.

          I currently use the BeeLine Reader plugin for my browser, which helps making dense text passages easier to read. As a legal professional, I would really like to be able to utilize this feature in Microsoft Word but I was told that the plugin architecture does not support BeeLine. Would you please consider adding it? Thank you!

          30 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Different notification sounds for different apps

            In the Windows Mobile version, you can assign completely different sounds to different apps. I would like that be made for the PC version. I can tell what notification would be by the sound. For my phone, I have different sounds for different types of things. For example, "You have an appointment." for the calendar. For mail, "New mail" and for Maintenance and Security, an alarm sound.

            28 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hello,

              This sis a very interesting idea you’ve proposed. In Windows some apps let you customize alerts for some of their functions, but not all becuase it’s dependant on registry entries.

              I’ll go ahead and forward this to the product manager for further review and get back to you with any further updates.

              Thanks again for reaching out to us; and in the future, if there’s anything else we can do for you, please let us know.

              Sincerely,

              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

            • Fix File Explorer not remembering it's position when closed and then reopened.

              Problem Description:

              File Explorer does not remember it's position, when it is closed and re-opened. Instead, it cascades to the right (as if it is a second instance of FE, when it is not.)

              This behaviour should only happen if multiple instances of file explorer are open, assuming it is related to the 'cascading windows' setting. This needs fixing as soon as possible. It is a rediculous "feature" the helps nobody and infuriates many.

              This only affects Win10 (Win8 and before always closed and reopened file explorer in the correct position). This problem can be reproduced every time Win10 is…

              25 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add a Two Switch access mode for the On Screen Keyboard

                Add a manual step scanning option for switch users, for those able to use two switches. E.g. Key1 = Manual step scan. Key2 = Select.

                This would enable some users to use the slick On Screen Keyboard utility much more quickly and deliberately.

                24 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello Barrie,

                  This is a pretty good suggestion which makes sense. We’ll forward this on to our product managers for further consideration and keep you up to date on any further developments around this.

                  Again, Thank you for reaching out to us; and if there’s anything else we can help with in the future, let us know as we’re willing to help.

                  Sincerely,

                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                • Alt+Tab with Narrator is not smooth.

                  When alt+tab is pressed, I expect to hear the program name I switched to.

                  Instead, I hear one of "Running Programs", "Running Applications" or
                  "Task Switching", depending on how many times I press tab.
                  After I hear one of these, I then hear the name of the program. I suggest trying to make this a bit more seemless.

                  23 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make Accessibility Checking As Ubiquitous As Spell Checking

                    Kudos for Moving your Accessibility Checker into the Review Ribbon it's a step forward.

                    How about having accessibility on by default like you have spelling and grammar checking.

                    Failing that can you make it available as an option to add to the Quck Access toolbar so that it is persistent. Out of sight is out of mind so I would suggest this small change to keep accessibility at the top of people's minds.

                    22 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Hello Neil,

                      Thank you very much for your suggestion. as you may know, we are working diligently to offer more accessibility functionality to our products.

                      What version of Word are you using? Is it Office 365, or 2016, or another version? Please let us know so we can forward your suggestions to the appropriate product team, so we may expedite your issue.

                      Thank you,

                      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                    • Enable users to resize the content and IM windows in Skype for Business.

                      I am frequently challenged to read things which are being presented. I'm always trying to zoom in before I remember that zoom doesn't exist in Skype.
                      Maximizing the window or collapsing the message window doesn't help, since so much of the screen real estate is devoted to other elements. And I usually don't want to collapse the IM window altogether, just change the proportions so I can see everything.

                      21 votes
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                        20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hello Molly,

                        I’m not sure exactly what you are referring to as it appears you are aking about resizing text in the IM window. This is easy to do.

                        1. First in the Skype session, click on the IM icon at the lower left of the screen.
                        2. At the lower-right hand side of the window, click the icon that looks like “…”.
                        3. From the menue that appears, select, “IM Text Size”.
                        4. There you can select the percentage of size of text to display in the IM window.

                        With regard to the other isue, are your referring to zooming inon a shared screen or destop? If not, can you give us the exact scenario that is cuasting the difficulty?

                        Thank you for contacting us, andif there is anything further we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                        Sincerely,

                        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk…

                      • bring back text/icon resizing

                        this screen, formerly located at: "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display" in the legacy Control Panel has been removed, and is also not represented in the Settings app menus (in the new Build 15019.rs_prerelease.170121-1513)

                        Image: https://www.windowscentral.com/sites/wpcentral.com/files/styles/larger_wm_brw/public/field/image/2015/08/windows-10-display-settings-scn-3.png?itok=P_IMrNWw

                        I NEED these options back. I am registered blind and always use Windows like this (larger text, turned bold for all elements - titlebars, message boxes, icons etc):

                        Image: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img924/9568/SSXyGo.jpg

                        If this isn't fixed, I will be stuck on the old version of Win10 by disabling updates, which will eventually not be supported, meaning I will then be forced back onto Win8. Please stop changing,…

                        21 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello Karl,

                          Thank you for alerting us with this issue. You’re correct inthat without the resizing or font change option, it can make it difficult to see the desktop icons. Therefor, I’ll forward this on to our product managers to get this issue raised and possibly resolved.

                          Again, thank you for reaching out to us about this.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                        • It would be wonderful if we could get a way to completely disable the monitor on laptops (like windows+p used to do on 7).

                          All available options currently turn the screen off, but any key press brings it back. Keeping the screen completely turned off is great for us blind users who don't use it at all, since it offers privacy, saves battery, and means we don't need to change brightness settings whenever somebody else needs to use the machine.

                          20 votes
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                          • Shading for outlook all day events needs to be darker so I can clearly see I am busy

                            Make all day event in a darker shade or different colour so I don't double book myself

                            20 votes
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                            • Make the out office shading darker

                              The out of office all day shading on the calendar is too light to be effective. Please go back to the old shading.

                              20 votes
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                                16 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Change Outlook color schemes

                                The color scheme in Outlook 2016 does not provide enough contrast for some features, such as highlighting out of office or busy days. This is especially true for the "dark grey" office theme - where the ooo days show up as a whiter shade against a light grey background - impossible to see in the month view. Getting away from the pastel colors would help.

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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hello,

                                  Thank you for reaching out to us at the Disability Answer Desk. This is something that we are currently working on and investigating solutions to improve contrast themes in our software. Our Project Managers are aware of this and we will get back to you as soon as there are more details available.

                                  Again, thank you for reaching out to us. And if in the future, you have further issues, questions, or comments, please let us know.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

                                • Flag Windows store apps that are particularly accessible.

                                  I don't want to purchase or even install a ton of apps only to find I won't be able to read their screens with narrator. Can Microsoft give apps that are especially accessible an award or something so I can search for just those?

                                  19 votes
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                                  • Eye Control: Open up the operating system to all alternative access users.

                                    It's exciting that the operating system may be opened up for eye-gaze users, as a built in feature, but....

                                    What about head-tracker users?
                                    What about non-Tobii eye-tracker users?
                                    What about other pointer controlling AT devices?
                                    What about switch users?

                                    Would be magical to open things up for a much vaster array of users, rather than curtail to one narrow area. Please do it. :)

                                    18 votes
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                                    • Learning Tools

                                      Learning tools is an accessibility feature that should be available in all versions off office at least as an optional add-on. I recommend making it a part of the program too so students, faculty, and staff do not have to go through filling out ADA paperwork just to get it. Learning tools is not included in the Office 365 ProPlus or the free copies that employees or students receive. People with disabilities are penalized by having to pay for a subscription that would otherwise be at no charge.

                                      18 votes
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                                      • enable narrator to work with echoing text that has been dictated

                                        Make narrator echo back dictated text using Windows speech Recognition so that blind people who have limited use of their hands can take advantage of both features.

                                        18 votes
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                                        • Add Narrator support in the Windows Advanced Startup menu.

                                          When accessing the Advanced Startup menu, Narrator cannot be used. This is the menu you access from settings>update&Security>Recovery that allows you to do things like boot from a disk, access system image backup, etc. When I access this menu, I receive no speech feedback. Pressing Control+Windows+Enter does nothing. If I press it too many times, the computer reboots into Windows again. This is another one of those essential features that needs to be completed ASAP! As someone planning to enter the IT field, this is essential if I want to independently troubleshoot Windows, boot from external drives, etc. Ideally, I'd…

                                          16 votes
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