Automatically enable audio for Hyper-V virtual machines when using screen readers.
Although I have very limited experience using Hyper-V, my understanding is that audio is not available when connecting to a virtual machine using Hyper-V Manager. I have read about an Enhanced Session Mode, but this must be manually enabled on Windows Server and it does not appear to pass audio back to the host machine unless RDP is enabled in the Windows virtual machine.
Can you see the problem here? How is a totally blind person supposed to independently configure a virtual machine if audio cannot be used until a setting in the virtual machine itself is enabled? If a blind person wants to use Linux in Hyper-V, my understanding is that there is no audio support at all. This issue should be resolved by automatically allowing audio from virtual machines to be passed back to the host machine if a screen reader such as Narrator is running when accessing the virtual machine via Hyper-V Manager.
This also ties in nicely with an idea I posted a while ago concerning enabling audio when Narrator starts and always checking to ensure it is enabled, not muted, or too low to hear. My understanding is that this was partially implemented in one of the SAC versions of Windows Server by automatically enabling the audio service when Narrator runs for the first time, but this should roll out to all versions of Windows. Audio is essential for most screen reader users, so it makes sense that Narrator should do the work to ensure someone can hear the audio, regardless of what the last person using the system may have been doing. This would also be extremely helpful for a blind Windows Server administrator, so please find a way to make this happen ASAP. This is yet another idea to make Windows more accessible for blind IT professionals. The work that has been done on the Windows installer and safe mode is an excellent start, but there is much more that could and should be done, including this idea, fixing Narrator support in the Advanced Startup Options menu, and better Narrator support for remote control scenarios.
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