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  1. please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

    please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

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      4 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • GroupMe

      Hi,

      I know that GroupMe is part of the Skype Family, but can you add it to this list for Microsoft feedback accessibility? This would help me to send it directly to developers about accessibility issues like bugs.

      I gave some feedback regarding accessibility issues to developers on App Store (under Review), but hasn't fixed the issues for a while.

      Thank you,
      Otto

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        1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Natural sounding voices

        If you could have more natural sounding voices for ease of access options. I am a college student, and I have difficulties with learning if I cant hear it and read it and see it, I struggle. When the voices sound synthesized and computerized, I can't focus at all i can only focus on the voice and how irritating it sounds not to be rude at all. But it is almost like nails on a chalkboard and affects me worse than not having the read-aloud option.

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          2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • add support for changing the pronunciation of the screen reader

          A great deal of screen reader users want to change the pronunciation of certain words to specific applications and synthesizers. You should do this for the windows narrator.

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            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Collaborating with Microsoft Word

            I am blind need to collaborate on documents with other Office 365 users.
            When I share a document with another person who makes changes, I can’t see the changes. Sighted people can see the changes that the person makes. I would like Microsoft to expose the changes to Screen readers or make them accessible out of the box.

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              2 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • I have extremely low vision (nearly 0% central vision).

              I have extremely low vision (nearly 0% central vision). However, I have been working on a PC just by personalizing the Windows' theme and appearances (changing the font sizes and colors of desktop, menu, selected items, taskbar, Active window Title bar etc), i.e., without using any of the so called "Accessibility" features. I don't need the special "High Contrast" (Inverted Colors) theme meant for people like me. One of the many reasons for this being its incompatibility with many application softwares. Personalizing all the appearances and theme had been quite simple in Windows '98 up to Windows XP. However, it…

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                4 comments  ·  Windows High Contrast  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • I suggest you to introduce a special theme for people with low vision who do not require inverted colors or high contrast. All they need is

                I suggest you to introduce a new special windows theme for people with low vision who do not require inverted colors or high contrast. All they need is larger font sizes and white text on black background. It was very easy to change all the appearances in Windows XP and older versions. However, in newer versions like windows 7, 10 etc. , the blind user has to depend on others to change the appearances in order to begin using the computer. therefore, it would be highly beneficial if an accessibility button is introduced on the desktop so that a user…

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                  1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • XBOX Live Enforcement Action and Code of Conduct punishment should be taken lightly for people of disability

                  I get a lot of enforcement action from XBOX Live by other players that report me cause I can't control my actions of sending messages to other players
                  Im the type of person who isn't abusive or threatening
                  But I attend to over exaggerate on peoples gameplay abilities and I try not to say anything bad.
                  But as well I don't want to be permanently suspended in the future as I have a disability and I love playing online
                  The people who I chat on the Disability Answer Desk doesn't provide the help that we should be getting as I…

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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Changing braille display drivers needs to be more intuitive, if needed at all to start with.

                    When I tried adding my Freedomscientific braille display to be used with Narrator, I followed the directions in Narrator's user guide chapter 7:

                    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4004263/windows-10-narrator-using-with-braille

                    In this article, after updating the driver through Device Manager, it states in step 7:

                    Choose the driver that begins with LibUSB-Win32 from the list on the following page and select Next to install the driver.

                    I don't see a "next page" to be able to select this. After doing all steps up to step 7, I'm then returned to my device manager, and placed back under the Freedomscientific USB node which still is expanded with…

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                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add keyboard shortcuts for the Snipping Tool

                      The Snipping Tool is horribly inconvenient for anyone who does a lot of screen capture/paste (not PrintScreen) because it has no keyboard shortcuts. Lots of hand-eye coordination and mouse clicks required just to initiate a snip. Please bring back keyboard shortcuts.

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                        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hello Molly,

                        This is a very goos suggestion. We’ll forward this on to our product managers and see if we can get this implimented for you. We’ll also keep you up to date with any developments.

                        If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to reach out to us.

                        Sincerely,

                        The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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                          18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi Pete,

                          Thank you for bringing this to our attention. the fn key should behave exactly like CTRL, Shift, or ALT. I’ll forward this to the appropriate development team for resolution to this. Once this is fixed, we’ll let you know.

                          Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • Add a command or toggle to disable Narrator speech and sounds.

                          There needs to be a way to disable Narrator speech and/or sounds. This is especially true now that we have braille support. Currently, I have to mute the entire system to have a silent braille experience.

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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Chris,

                            We do have a hot key to turn on and off Narrator. If you use the Windows Key and Enter, that should turn on and off Narrator.

                            One clarifying question that I have though is are you using Narrator with the braille device, or are you using the device separately?

                            Thank you,

                            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

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                              3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hello Matt,

                              Thank you for contacting us about your suggestion. In a way that makes sense to have a screen curtain for your Android device like the one that is found in Apple products.

                              I’ve submitted your feature request to one of our Product Managers for further review. we’ll post updates here as soon as further details become available.

                              In the meantime, one thing you can do is dim your screen all the way down as that would make it harder for others to read – especially at an angle.

                              Again, thank you for contacting us about this, and we will endeavor to resolve all issues that are raised.

                              Sincerely,

                              The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk.

                            • Make Mouse Keys work in Edge

                              Accessibility feature Mouse Keys does not work in Edge (and UWP apps with edge html engine). There is no reaction on click (5 key on numpad) or double click (+ key on numpad) in page area. Browser toolbars are only clickable with mouse keys area of the browser.

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                                3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hello,

                                Thank you for reaching out to us about this issue. This was reported to us earlier by another user through another forum. Therefore, we have this situation under investigationand indevelopement for a fix. We will keep you up to date as to the progress and fix date for this issue.

                                In the future, if you have any other issues, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                Sincerely,

                                The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                              • Provide day of week information when navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016.

                                When navigating the calendar in Outlook 2016 recent builds, the screen reader will announce the dates, but not the actual day of the week. JAWS used to do this before they switched to providing the information directly from outlook.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi Jason,

                                  Thank you for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk. In order to serve you better, can you tell us what version of Outlook you’re using such as Mac or Windows 32 or 64-bit, and what version of Jaws or other screen reader that you are using? That will allow us to get this issue to the appropriate product manager to get this resolved for you.

                                  Again, thank you for contacting us; and we will do our best to resolve this for you.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                • Inconsistent accessibility features in Edge and other MS apps

                                  I was directed to come here by customer support. I had to install Windows 7 on a different hard drive just to post this! I have been a member of the "insider" program since February 14th 2015.
                                  I have a spinal cord injury which renders my hands and arms useless. I have been disabled for 25 years. I worked with Mark Novak, at the University of Wisconsin Weisman Center, on the original Access Pack for MS-DOS and Access Pack for Windows 3.1 which is the forefather of "Ease of Access". I must use a mouthstick or voice recognition to navigate…

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                                  • Add a Screen Curtin Like on IOS

                                    In windows 10, especially on the Surface devices, the ability to turn off the screen has been disabled. The old method was to press windows+p to get to projector options, then arrow up to second screen only and press enter.
                                    There are three reasons why having a way to turn off the screen is important:
                                    1. Privacy and safety. As a blind user, we have no idea who could be looking at our screen and if we are writing some highly personal data in a public place, then we have no way to insure someone is not looking over our…

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                                    • Make edit hyperlink dialog in word 2016 navigable by keyboard

                                      In the edit hyperlink dialog in Word 2016, the following undesirable behaviour is observed:

                                      - Pressing tab to move between elements, as you move from the "link to: existing file or web page" to the "Text to display" edit box, the OK button loses it's default button status. This means when you press ENTER, you get an error ding and nothing happens. The OK button should remain default button.

                                      - As you press tab and move into "current folder tree view" (the list of files) - the first file is automatically selected and thus the URL you had previously used…

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                                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thank you for your input. We chatted with the Word Team on these issues:
                                        • Issue 1: Fixed. This enhancement will start rolling out to Office 365 First Release and Office Insider Customers before Fall.
                                        • Issue 2: We are working on a fix for this issue now, thank you for your feedback. Our goal is to fix this issue as part of our commitment to accessibility.
                                        • Issue 3: Unfortunately, we don’t have the ability to fetch the browsing history from most browsers. The team is looking into other potential improvements.

                                      • Allow "focus follows cursor" setting for the full screen magnifier

                                        The other option is that the magnification field moves continuously with the pointer. This is a great option because it allows me to zoom in on user interface controls, text fields, etc with ease, without having to move the pointer to a screen edge.

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                                          5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hello,

                                          Thanks for contacting us at the Disability Answer Desk.

                                          In answer to your comment, we would like to know what version of Windows you are using. Are you using Windows 10, with the Ease of Access Tools, or are you using another version of Windows with the screen magnifier?

                                          In the meantime, I’ll forward your suggestion on to our product teams, as this would make a great deal of sense for someone who is both visually impaired, but also has motor skill related disabilities.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                        • Show as Out of Office shading - Outlook 2016

                                          The shading for the Show as Out of Office needs to be much darker in Outlook 2016, just as it was in earlier versions. It is very annoying that you are no longer able to scan the calendar for out of office days due to the color change.

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                                            3 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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