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  1. 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)

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    • Make screen easier to read with black larger letters the blue and gray type are too dfficult to read for low vision

      I have used voice recognition for 30 years and with win10 and new update having a difficult time finding where to train it as it sure cannot understand me and wish I knew how to improve it but want to say with out the disability desk I would give up as I am new to being physically and vision limited. Being old and use to the older version from win 3 struggling with how to make it better and where things are. I use to teach how to adjust to make things better. I keep turning off auto updates. It…

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        3 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Coloured icons for Office 365 dashboard tiles

        Could the Office 365 dashboard (online) icons go back to being colourful, instead of one colour as it was a great differentiator for vision impaired users.

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        • the ability for narrator to work in windows PE

          as of yet narrator does not function when running windows pe.
          example of this, make a recovery drive boot from the drive press control plus windows plus enter narrator does not work.
          thanks for considdering my request

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          • Please speak the keyboard typing in your tutorials of microsoft virtual academy.

            .Microsoft virtual academy is a very useful service for learning. But the blind people cannot understand it easily. I request you to speak keyboard commands and typing on the keyboard. Thanks

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            • Improve Skype Accessibility on the desktop versions of Skype for Mac and Windows

              Skype version 8 is horrible for screen reader users. The new web interface is very sluggish and extremely difficult to navigate and use with VoiceOver on the mac or a Windows screen reader. Please either revert back to Skype 7 which had a much better UI or significantly improve the accessibility of these new versions.
              I will continue using Skype 7 on macOS and Windows until they either stop working or the accessibility of the new versions returns to the state it was in Skype 7.

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                4 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • narrator on log on screen

                as of now, narrator only starts after typing the password. but I wish, it should launch automatically on log on screen too. I've already enabled start narrator automatically under setting>ease up access center.

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                • for narrator to have more voices like microsoft mark

                  it would be great if narrator had more nachural sounding voices like microsoft mark clear, crisp and easy to understand
                  microsoft mark seembs to be more responsive compared to the other voices.

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                  • Label the search box in the Windows 10 store

                    When navigating the Windows 10 store with any screen reader, the search box is unlabeled and only appears as an unlabeled button. Once activated, the button expands to a text area which text can be typed into to perform the user's search query. Can this search box not be correctly labeled, and classed as a standard edit control type rather than a non-standard, unlabeled button? I get that one can press CTRL+E, as in echo, to reach the edit field, but that's not an excuse to override good accessibility habbits as well.

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                    • Restore the Improve Text, Font Size functions in the display settings

                      I am visually impaired and suffer from Macular Degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dell Computer had me reload my windows operation system yesterday in order to correct a problem that was using 99% to 100% of my disk drive, slowing down my computer and causing continual freezes. I was using Window Home version 1607. One the reload of the Window was complete I was using Windows version 1703.

                      This version eliminates certain text enhancements I used to better be able to read text. It made text darker and increased the font size and allowed me to bold menu and tools fonts,…

                      10 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi Rick,

                        We’ve seen many request like this cross our forum. This is something that is in work. we’ll follow up with the product team to see if we can get any specifics with regards to bringing that back.

                        Thank you fo contacting us, and if there’s something else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out.

                        Sincerely,

                        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello,

                          Thank you for contacting us with your feature request. we are currently investigating on how to impliment this and will keep you up to date as far as the progress made.

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

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk tearm.

                        • I am blind and am the only person who uses the pc. Why can't we have an option to always start narrator when the recovery environment loads

                          There are no audible alerts to tell you when the recovery environment has loaded and got to the point where you can start narrator and as the default button that is selected is the one that reboots to windows it is easy when pressing the narrator hotkey to accidentally reboot back to windows as I am the only person who uses the pc why can't we have an option in ease of access to start narrator automatically when the recovery image is run.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hello,

                            THiank you for contacting us about this issue. We’ll forward this to the product manager to see if there is a work around for this problem and if not, if there is a remediation in the works for it. We’ll also keep you aprised of the progress regarding this.

                            Thank you again for contacting us, and if there is anything else that we can do, please feel free to reach out to us.

                            Sincerely,

                            The Microsoft Disability ANswer Desk team.

                          • Add how-to's on your PowerPoint support pages for math and animation accessibility

                            At work we're picking up bits and pieces all over the web about the best way to make PowerPoints accessible-- specifically for math, tables and animations. We're currently getting some info from MathType/Design Science but this could be on the support pages. We're finding that
                            - MathML is good BUT
                            - there's an option to add alt text, some users are requesting it, others are saying it shouldn't be added to the Math OLE (turns out it seems to depend on screen reader)
                            - Animations where a user action adds more bits of math to a single slide-- can't consistently…

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                              3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hello Mallory,

                              This is a very good idea, and thank you so much for breaking down the details of what you’re looking for in reference to this issue. That helps us a great deal in investigating how we can make that feature more accessible.

                              We’ll do some more research to see how these solutions can be implemented and will get back to you with follow-up details as they become available.

                              Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

                              Sincerely,

                              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                            • Please add beeline to all your products or even include it pre installed as a setting in windows

                              Would love it if you included beeline in as an extension/plugin for all of your products, or even better incorporated it directly into the windows system so that it could be used w/ all system fonts/text & make it configurable via ease of access or perhaps display settings. After first the beeline chrome extension & then the pdf plugin I can wholeheartedly say this is one of the coolest & truly helpful tools in increasing not only my reading speeds but comprehension as well. I've tried many different speed reading tools, software & techniques, some of which were good, but…

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                              • Extend access to Windows 10 for the disabled.

                                Microsoft should extend free access to Windows 10 for the disabled and give clearer notice of its expiration. There are many disabled who were unaware of the deadline. Windows 10 has additional features for helping disabled persons. In addition, it is clearly in Microsoft's interest to have as many people using Windows 10 as possible.

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                                • Improve focus on Edge's notification bar

                                  When the notification bar pops up, i use ALT+N to navigate, then cannot see the focus so I have no idea that navigation was successful. Add color and larger borders to the focus element!

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                                  • problem in font size symbol fetcher in win 10 creators update

                                    There was a fetcher that allowed the enlargement of the font symbols...i would like it to be back, the fact that there is a magnifier does not solve this problem. some of the people do not need magnifier at all only the enlargement of the font under the symbol

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                                    • Bring back Version 1607 Display Setting settings in Advanced To Help Visually Impaired

                                      The advanced display settings have been removed from Windows Version 1703. These include: "Clear Type Text" settings and "Advanced Sizing of Text and Other Items" settings. Version 1607 had these settings. Please bring them back to help accommodate the visually impaired. The Clear Type Settings help you to read the ext in a darker type. The Advance Sizing settings help to improve reading the title bars, Menus, message Boxes, pallete titles, Icon, and tool tips text, as you could increase the font size and add bolding to the text. I really miss these features and implore you to bring them…

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                                      • Color Options feature for Color Blind people on Outlook 2016

                                        I can't differentiate between an Available Slot and Tentative one when I access Calendar on the Outlook 2016; have to set theme to Black as workaround, but that makes working on Outlook Calendar worse. I have to strain my eyes day in and out for differentiating colors; even though I'm colorblind, can someone help me please !

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                                          10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi Andries,

                                          We would be more than happy to help you out with your accessibility issue. So that we may more effectively assist you, can you tell me the version of outlook that you’re using, and on what platform you’re using it on such as Windows 10 or Android for example?

                                          Thank you,

                                          The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                        • Support captions / subtitles in MP4 & MKV files.

                                          Windows 10 Movies & TV supports SRT files. This is nice, but it's not really enough.
                                          I know there's no end of anime folks asking for subtitle support in MKV files, so you can ask them what formats are prevalent there.
                                          In the MP4 container, there's space for multiple "sbtl:tx3g" streams (aka "mov_text") to carry subtitles / captions, either to provide access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or to support multiple languages. You already support multiple audio streams, you already support subtitles in external SRT files, subtitles in alternate streams should be a small addition to…

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