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  1. Eye-tracker as an assistive technology for using a mouse or other pointing devices

    I know there are many people, like myself, for whom it's hard to move mouse. Especially on long distances, like from one edge of the screen to another. And you can't speed up pointer too much because it becomes too inaccurate. Or the software, including Windows native mouse support, doesn't let you.

    An eye tracker - used only to move the pointer with blinking (e.g. twice) - could be a great help here. And it didn't even need to be precise.

    I have a muscle wasting disease (DMD). Some people with similar diseases use only mouses, other styluses or touchpads.…

    12 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Windows Eye Control  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve Skype Accessibility on the desktop versions of Skype for Mac and Windows

      Skype version 8 is horrible for screen reader users. The new web interface is very sluggish and extremely difficult to navigate and use with VoiceOver on the mac or a Windows screen reader. Please either revert back to Skype 7 which had a much better UI or significantly improve the accessibility of these new versions.
      I will continue using Skype 7 on macOS and Windows until they either stop working or the accessibility of the new versions returns to the state it was in Skype 7.

      5 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • I thought Jan 31st was latest for free upgrade to Windows 10. Please extend.

          Please extend the free upgrade to Windows 10 for accessibility users.

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            1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add Narrator support in the Windows Advanced Startup menu.

            When accessing the Advanced Startup menu, Narrator cannot be used. This is the menu you access from settings>update&Security>Recovery that allows you to do things like boot from a disk, access system image backup, etc. When I access this menu, I receive no speech feedback. Pressing Control+Windows+Enter does nothing. If I press it too many times, the computer reboots into Windows again. This is another one of those essential features that needs to be completed ASAP! As someone planning to enter the IT field, this is essential if I want to independently troubleshoot Windows, boot from external drives, etc. Ideally, I'd…

            2 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • allow people to downlaod apps without the microsoft acount

              Allowing people to download apps without having a Microsoft acount

              2 votes
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                13 comments  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Coloured icons for Office 365 dashboard tiles

                Could the Office 365 dashboard (online) icons go back to being colourful, instead of one colour as it was a great differentiator for vision impaired users.

                11 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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.

                  4 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Key Binding

                    When purchasing a windows 8 computer, you will see some keys that don't work anymore on the windows 10 operating system. Please add a bind keys option to assign keys on the keyboard to do a action or open a app

                    3 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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…

                      4 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Windows High Contrast  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Accessibility checker marks decorative images as missing alt text.

                        Can you provide a method for marking an image decorative? Right now we are often told to use a space in place of alt text but that's not an ideal user experience.

                        3 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  PowerPoint - Office Accessibility  ·  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).

                          3 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  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.

                            2 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 3 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  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…

                                2 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop needs ergonomic number pad.

                                  We purchased one of these kits and have found that the numeric pad being separate is in no way ergonomic laying flat on the table and moves easily when being used resulting in a lot of errors which for us as accountants is a big issue. The existing number pad in the kit appears more like an after thought given the attention to design put into the keyboard itself.

                                  2 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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…

                                    6 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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.

                                      4 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 2 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Make Windows Mixed Reality accessible with screen readers

                                          Make Windows Mixed Reality accessible with screen readers.

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