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  1. Move focus from the message list to the message body after selecting a message within Outlook for Android

    Currently when selecting a message from the Focused Inbox within Outlook for Android version 2.1.116, focus remains on the item in the list when using the app with the BrailleNote Touch. While the Touch does have a touchscreen and supports gestures, the primary navigation paradigm with the Touch is linearly using keyboard commands. When a message is activated from the list, focus should move to the message body. Currently users have to scroll/swipe past all of the messages in the list in order to locate the contents of the message they opened.

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      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us about the issue you’re having. Can you tell us is if you’ve been able to change the focus to the message body without the BrailleNote Touch?

      Thank you for contacting us. We look forward to solving your issues and answering your questions.

      Sincerely,

      The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

    • Improve names of options in Word (eg themes, page number options etc)

      In Word 2016, many features have non-descriptive options. For insance, when you choose page numbers then top or bottom of screen, the first few options are "Plain number 1", "Plain number 2", "Plain number 3" etc. Without looking at the image (which not all users can do), there is no way to tell that the third one is actually right aligned. Using a screen reader there is also no way to tell which ones are "Page X", and which are "Page X of Y" etc. It's also very hard to get any idea what the different header and footer styles…

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      • Make users more informed about File Explorer's Quick Access Toolbar

        The fact that almost any File Explorer Ribbon toolbar button, or group of buttons, be right-clicked and added to Quick Access Toolbar is poorly communicated.

        I discovered this by accident a month ago, and the Ribbon has been around since Win8.0. Previously I thought the Q-A-T was limited to only the few button choices which appear under it's drop-down-menu at the end of the toolbar.

        Tired of constantly changing to the different 'ribbon tabs' (Home, View) for different features, my Quick Access Toolbar currently looks like this:

        http://imageshack.com/a/img923/3060/OsOzTW.png

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        • Bless U

          God Bless U...Self explanatory.

          4 votes
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          • The Alarms & Clock app

            The Alarms & Clock app should be immediately familiar if you’ve ever used a smartphone. It allows you to set alarms, use a world clock, and has a timer and stopwatch functionality integrated. It goes without saying that this universal app would probably be most useful on a smartphone or smaller tablet, but it’s still available and included on the desktop.

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            • Make Office Ribbon keystrokes more logical and consistent

              I appreciate some office keystrokes have been changed to keep backwards compatibility (eg alt+i was the Office 2003 insert menu so it was changed to alt+n for Office 2007), but many of the current keystrokes are just nonsensical. For instance, in Word, to change columns, you press alt+p for layout (even though alt+L isn't used) then press J for columns, even though C isn't used.

              On the Insert menu, you press F to insert an Online picture and O to insert a footnote - even though they would make much more sense swapped.

              There is also no logic as to…

              4 votes
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              • Windows 10 Backup drive selection appears white on white in dark mode

                In Windows 10 Backup (WINDOWS+i then update and security then backup). When "Add a drive" is chosen, a menu appears with all attached suitable backup drives. If Windows "app mode" is set to dark (Settings - personalisation - colors - choose an app mode), then the list of backup drives appears white on white.

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                • Text selection commands don't work in Scan Mode

                  I have posted this to the Windows Insider Feedback Hub, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post this here as well. When reading text in Scan Mode, it is impossible to use standard Windows text selection commands to select text. This would be very useful in all sorts of places. For example, I could select and copy the text from an error message or text from a website.

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                  • 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.

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                    • Bring back the detailed theme customization Win95 style

                      I'm missing the ability to fine tune appearance of system the way it was possible in Win95 and earlier versions. Both desktop and Store apps should be influenced by my settings

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                      • Make a keyboard that can be adjusted to make it harder to push the keys.

                        I have Parkinson's and my fingers shake, thus it only takes barely a touch of the keys to type a letter. If the sensitivity could be adjusted, making it unable to type with just a light touch, it would greatly reduce extra keystrokes.

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                        • Improve accessibility of the visualstudio.com website

                          The www.visualstudio.com website is poorly designed for screen reader users. At best it is confusing, cluttered, and focuses on too many tasks at the same time. In fact, some functionality is unavailable to a screen reader user such as allowing external access to a project.

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                          • Creating new lists for mail merges is not accessible

                            I like to use the Mail Merge feature in Microsoft Word. When I attempt to create a new list with the Alt+M,R,N key tip or edit an existing list with the alt+M,
                            R,E key tip, I get an accessible dialog box. When I tab through the fields. I don't get an indication of what fields I'm editing. Also, the buttons to add new entries, cancel and ok buttons aren't in the tab order.

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                            • 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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                                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.

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                                  Hello George,

                                  In response to your inquiry, we would like to know what you are using that could use greater language support. If you are using eh Ease of Access Tools in Windows 10 or any of the other accessibility tools, you’ll find that we do localize our products to support many languages.

                                  We look forward to your additional feedback.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Des team

                                • Math OCR

                                  Auto generate alt text for math text images (cloud API should return output in one of the following formats text or mathML or latex)

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                                    Hi Neil,

                                    Thank you for reaching out to us about your suggestion. In order to help you out further, what operating system and application are you wanting to use the math OCR capability with? Is this to be used with any adaptive technologies like Narrator, Jaws, dolphin, etc.? This would help me do some additional research for you and get this suggestion in front of the right engineering team.

                                    Again, thank you for contacting us; and if we can be of help in the future, please don’t hesitate to post again.

                                    Sincerely,

                                    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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                                    • give me a live voice to talk with

                                      i need to talk to a person not a machine

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                                      • Windows 10 violates

                                        FTR'' I love the new win10. Windows 10 violates good Old fashion privacy, on one note am on my Own Time, not on yours . I CANT STOP YOU FORM UPDATEING '' I Ask one Thing and one Thing ONLY, give the People A Voice to Vote ! on this Yes/ for you. No/ I will updated on my own time. Ps this was just on my chest had to get it off. Thanks for your time, keep up the good work to "all of you" making Microsoft for what it is to day and for tomorrow...

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                                        • 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).

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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.

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