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  1. 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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      4 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.

    • please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

      please extend the free upgrade window 10 for accessibility users

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        1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Windows Speech Recognition (SAPI) does not shut down properly on Windows 10. I suggest you fix this bug :)

        How to replicate said issue:

        I have placed a shortcut for starting Windows Speech Recognition on my Desktop.

        Shortcut copied from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessibility\Windows Speech Recognition

        - Click the shortcut to start Windows Speech Recognition
        - Open Start
        - Close Start
        - Close Windows Speech Recognition
        - Click the shortcut to Windows Speech Recognition

        Windows Speech Recognition won’t open. Looking at Task Manager you’ll see Speech Recognition still running.

        If you open Start, you’ll see Speech Recognition disappearing from Task Manager and you are able to open Windows Speech Recognition again.

        This odd bug is somehow tied to the Start menu.

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          4 comments  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  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 →
          • Give us more than three lousy formats to "choose" from on new Outlook Mail

            Fire the 20 y.o. software engineers who keep designing upgrades that cause extreme eye strain. Now we have outlook mail with only three screen choices, one of which is text on the far right...ever heard of astigmatism? NONE of the choices let us look at an extensive list of emails we're working from... Why can't you leave Outlook alone ?

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              2 comments  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  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 →
                • Support RTT (Real-Time Text, the replacement for TTY) in Skype

                  I'd like to be able to use Skype (home or enterprise versions) as full-feature communications systems. To do that I'd need RTT support. The main differentiator is (possibly optional) real-time chat where each character is sent separately, simultaneously with voice and/or video. But this would also mean support for TTY (with Skype In or Out).

                  Background info:

                  http://www.realtimetext.org/rtt_in_detail
                  https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/60001388386.pdf
                  http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=18521
                  https://tap.gallaudet.edu/IPTransition/Real-Time%20Text%20and%20TTY%20interworking%20in%20various%20technical%20environments.pdf

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                    2 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Create an universal Framework for Accessibility

                    We need an universal product that groups all the Accessibility Features together like Microsoft Help. The Universal Tool (potential called Microsoft Accessibility) could collect all the Information (like ShortCut Keys, ...) for different Application (The complete Microsoft Application Stack). In that case, people that have to work with accessibility needed people will find in one place all the needed information to support. Some products produces a "Help" File, "PDF" Keystroke File, Readme, ... . This solution would be a unique all in one place solution.

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                      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow Change How Your Mouse Works in Ease of Access on the login page.

                      Children in schools are blocked from accessing the Control Panel settings for various reasons. Therefore, on their own, they cannot change the tiny default mouse pointer to, let's say, Extra Large Black without have an IT Tech come out and login as an Administrator and make the change. This is very important for children with low vision since they often loose the location of the pointer. On the Login screen of Windows 10 you already have an Ease of Access button that allows anyone to use Magnifier, High Contrast etc., prior to login. Please also add the ability to make…

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                        1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Improve screenreader access of Skype for Business

                        Skype for Business is curretnly very verbose with a screenreader and has limited keyboard shortcuts. Explore ways to imporve EG don't read out title of conversaton window as arrow between each line in a conversation; make it faster and more reliable to mute and unmute self and to review and manage status of others in a meeting. Make it easier and more consistent to fidn and join meeting from within the applicaton (at the moment join via Outlook meeting is more reliable with a screenreader).

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                          1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make Windows Mixed Reality accessible with screen readers

                          Make Windows Mixed Reality accessible with screen readers.

                          6 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Seeing AI is wonderful. However, its usefulness can be greatly enhanced if the camera is mounted on

                            Seeing AI is wonderful. However, its usefulness can be greatly enhanced if the camera is mounted on Seeing AI is wonderful. However, its usefulness can be greatly enhanced if the host device is in the form of spectacles (similar to Google glasses) with the camera on the nose-rest and screens instead of lenses. Along with "reading out", the software can simultaneously display a magnified and conditioned image of the text on the screens right in front of user's eyes. The idea is to be able to perform "reading" and "writing" tasks together. For instance, filling out a printed form which…

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                              1 comment  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Support for Windows 10 OCR in Narrator

                              While Narrator appears to be using some kind of online OCR engine with the image descriptions feature, it isn't very accurate and doesn't work when offline. Narrator should be able to use the built-in OCR engine in Windows 10. NVDA is using this engine and it's fantastic! I can do things like read and select inaccessible controls if they contain text or move focus to an image-based PDF and receive the text in less than 5 seconds.

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                                1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Use TTS voice in accordance with installation locale, instead of the english voice

                                I've noticed today that if installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in bulgarian, Narrator starts with the english voice Zira. Not only that, but it is the only voice available to select in Narrator until the first restart during the installation process. After the machine restarts for the first time during the installation process, the bulgarian voice "Ivan" is available to select and use in Narrator. Yes, but at that stage half of the installation has passed inaccessibly, because only an english voice can be used and the UI is in bulgarian, making it unreadable with Narrator. In my opinion,…

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                                  3 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make signature lines in Office accessible to a screen reader

                                  In Word 2016, go to the insert menu and click on signature line. If one tabs through the boxes here, they are not labeled. Next, after filling out the unlabeled boxes, press OK. Now a graphic called "Microsoft Office signature line..." is inserted into the document. First, the signature graphic should say "Unsigned Microsoft Office signature line..." so the user knows the line is unsigned. Second, there is no way for the screen reader user to click the signature to sign the line.

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                                    1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Update the Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT) with its Color Contrast Analyzer to work with the Edge browser, (paciellogroup)

                                    The WAT toolbar by Paciello group is on GitHub but no longer updated; the key features needed: Color Contrast Analyzer and structure tools such as the tab indicator, display of tab order, display of headings.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Change ruler angle by x degrees

                                      The Windows Ink Workspace can be improved... especially for those without touchscreen (the majority I guess)
                                      My suggestion: clicking or double clicking on the ruler changes the angle by (10) degrees. Using the scrollwheel works, but is not a great experience...

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                                        2 comments  ·  OneNote - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Website for updating to Windows 10 for accessibility tech users.

                                        When I attempted to use the down load button on the disability webpage to allow disabled users great to Windows 10 for free my screen reader could not activate the button and I tried several screen readers including jaws are the creators update and the new improved narrator in the fall creators update as part of the insider program.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • bring back being able to email microsoft.. not all of us have the time for other ways

                                          getting office has done something to other apps on my computer .. wher they wont open ..

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                                            2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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