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  1. 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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    • Voice commands for teachers

      integrated voice commands in Windows 10 using Cortana, not just for accessibility but broader use, as a teacher would like to walk into a room and say, "Cortana, On Screen" then a series of events would happen to project device screen to front of the room. Say "Cortana, Blank Screen" to hide screen, in classroom say "Cortana, Show Billy's Screen" and so on. Would be many other uses for Cortana commandlets for the Internet of Things.

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        • Windows 10 should have built in access for switch interface users

          macOS, iOS, and Android have had this for a long time.

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            Hllo C. A.

            We did some research and came up with the following:

            https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility/windows – doesn’t have anything directly about switch interface devices, but the AT link lists Tobii Dynavox as a product that has application compatibility with Windows 10.

            Currently we are working to ensure third party assistive technology partners are fully supported on Windows 10.

            If you have a device you prefer to use, let us know and we can work with that partner on any functionality issues you find.

            Thank you for contacting us, and if there’s something else that you need, please feel free to reach out to us.

            Sincerely,

            The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

          • 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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            • an audable sound when win pe is booted so people who can't see will know when the re enviroment has loaded

              the ability for win pe /win re to have an audable sound when win pe is booted so people who can't see will know when the re enviroment has loaded
              I believe this would be very useful to people like me who don't have any site.

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              • Add an autoscroll or autopan feature for braille displays.

                When braille support is introduced into Narrator, I would like to have an automatic scrolling or panning mode. This would make it easier to read long passages of content without having to constantly press the scroll button on the display to scroll to the next line of braille. This feature could be further enhanced by customizable time intervals for the display to scroll. For example, have the display scroll after 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. This would let the user customize how quickly the refreshes occur.

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                  • Make speech recognition (and cortana?) be able to work with different language than default windows....

                    Apparently, speech recognition wont work if I have a default windows language other than the supported ones. I cannot have for example Swedish as default windows language and speak English US with speech recognition..... I hope you fix this asap.....:-)

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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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                      • Give users the ability to create their own Narrator voices.

                        I don't know what all goes into voices for Narrator, but it would be pretty neat if users could somehow create their own if that's even possible. This would be a perfect feature for the focus on creating in this latest Windows update.

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                          Hello Stefen,

                          You may be corect. based on what is known about the application and how it works, this may indeed be impossible to impliment. However, I will follow up with the product manager and let you know what that anwer is.

                          Thank you for reaching out to us about this.

                          Sincerely,

                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                        • Offer buyers of Windows 10 S that can prove Disability to obtain Windows 10 Pro for free is so desired.

                          As mentioned in the piece https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2017/05/18/empowering-more-accessible-inclusive-world/#sm.00001ra7hqt1hem8w161b0uoc87im this offer is for apps that aren't in the store. This should not be limited to such apps, especially on the Surface Laptop that is estimated retail of $999.

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                          • Bring back screen reader access to tags in OneNote 2016

                            Tags in OneNote 2016 are small icons that help someone identify different types of information in their notebooks. Some examples are important, questions, to-do items, definitions, contacts etc. Back in OneNote 2010, these tags were accessible for screen readers. Unfortunately, they are completely invisible to screen readers in OneNote 2016. Please bring them back!

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                            • 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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                              • Ability to export Narrator customized settings and keyboard commands

                                Narrator is supported in more than 20 languages, however there are many others where Narrator is not supported. It means, that some keyboard commands should be changed manualy if we wanted Narrator to work. examples are Narrator key +brackets. In Slovenian keyboard layout we must press ctrl + alt +f/g or alt(gr) +f/g to type square brackets.
                                If you have only one computer, it will be easy to customise a Narrator but if you had more than five, this procedure would become very frustrated.
                                so until Narrator has not been supported and localised to Slovenian and other languages, I suggest…

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                                  Hello,

                                  Thank you for contacting us about this suggestion. We will forward this to our product manager as we are making efforts to incorporate functionality with more and more languages.

                                  Again, thank you for contacting us, and in the future, if we can be of further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.

                                  Sincerely,

                                  The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

                                • In edge, Narrator should take you to where you were on the previous page when performing the back command by pressing backspace. It should

                                  Currently, Narrator doesn't take you back to where you were on a webpage when going back to the previous page. For example, follow a link in this forum, then go back. Focus should return to the link you were on before going to the new page.

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                                  • 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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                                    • Have narrator announce end of document or end of email instead of just saying down arrow all the time.

                                      Have narrator announce end of document or end of list Instead of just down arrow or right arrow all the time. Have narrator

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                                        Hello,

                                        This indeed is a bug and shoudl announce the end of adocument and or email. We’ll forward this on our product team and update you when a fix is announced.

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

                                        Sincerely,

                                        The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team.

                                      • Add an Outlook profile flag for users who need accessible e-mails

                                        Allow users to self identify via their Outlook/Exchange profile that they need accessible e-mail sent to them.
                                        This would notify senders when the receiver has flagged that they need to receive e-mail in an accessible format and would prompt the sender to run the accessibility checker on their message and attachments before sending the message to the receiver who self identified via their profile.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi Cory,

                                          This is an interesting suggestion in that it does make sense to alert the recipient of the fact that a disabled person is emailing them and needs some compensation to see a replied email. The tricky thing is that not all users use Microsoft products for email correspondence. Thus iin order to make this universal, there may have to be something implemented into the email protocols such as IMAP, SMTP or POP protocols.

                                          However, this will be forwarded to the appropriate project manager to get additional feedback on this suggestion.

                                          Thank you for reaching out to us; and if you have any further issues or suggestions related to accessibility, please let us know.

                                          Sincerely,

                                          The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk Team.

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