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  1. Make outlook.com accessible to screenreaders. Preferably provide a light version.

    Outlook.com remains very inaccessible to Jaws and other screenreaders. The articles that have been posted on this subject are not very helpful and have not been updated in some time. Some email providers offer a light or basic html version, and Microsoft should do something similar here if they value accessibility.

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      1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  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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        2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Narrator

        Since the new fall creators update is out can you please update the keyboard shortcuts list for narrator.

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          1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • have a useable phone number!!!! Answer letters sent to the President - 10 - no reply!!!

          get Microsoft to furnish a working phone number. get the president to answer a letter - 10 sent - no reply to any. starting in Jan. 2017 up to Nov, 2017 - a user is an annoyance at Microsoft, except to send money.

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            1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Localize Narrator to bulgarian

            Since Windows XP, we in Bulgaria have a bulgarian localization of Windows. Narrator however has always been in english. After the TTS voice "Ivan" was introduced In Windows 10 Insider Preview, I've noticed some partial localization of Narrator to bulgarian (mainly for its messages). In recent insider builds of Windows 10 however, Narrator has reverted to be completely in english. Please localize Narrator to bulgarian, so it is more user-friendly for users of Windows and Narrator in Bulgaria, who are not familiar with the english language.

            Thank you in advance!

            P.S.: If the bulgarian localization team needs assistance or consultation…

            4 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Letting screenreaders read the Settings information

              Some details or information on the Settings screen cannot be read by a screenreader. Some way, it has to be expressed that the data has to be accessed. It just can't be read by either Narrator, the screenreader or the JAWS mode. Was trying to find my "Last Backup date" and it only gave me buttons to backup and such, though the information was there on that same page.

              6 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  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 →
                • Eye Control: Open up the operating system to all alternative access users.

                  It's exciting that the operating system may be opened up for eye-gaze users, as a built in feature, but....

                  What about head-tracker users?
                  What about non-Tobii eye-tracker users?
                  What about other pointer controlling AT devices?
                  What about switch users?

                  Would be magical to open things up for a much vaster array of users, rather than curtail to one narrow area. Please do it. :)

                  18 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make edge work with Dragon Naturally Speaking

                    Many people rely on Dragon Naturally speaking to access there PC. Edge has no support for Dragon so is not usable, the only option is to revert to Internet Explorer.

                    Either Edge needs to support Speech recognition programs or Internet Explorer needs to continue to be supported. Otherwise a community of people will not be able to use MS products to access the internet.

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                      1 comment  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • what about more control!

                      Don't make it too difficult for other folks

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                        2 comments  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  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 →
                        • Scan mode turns on when trying to type into a field on this forum

                          When typing into the post your idea edit box on this forum, scan mode will turn back on when typing a character or when arrowing through the edit box. This is in edge with Narrator in the fall creators update. When I select to post a new idea, scan mode behaves correctly in the give details edit box on the next page.

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                            0 comments  ·  Microsoft Edge  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  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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                                1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                Unable to create fully accessible handouts

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                                  2 comments  ·  PowerPoint - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Narrator on 64-bit systems should be able to use 32-bit TTS voices

                                  Currently, on 64-bit Windows, Narrator can use only TTS voices that have 64-bit support. Most (if not all) newer voices do have 64-bit support. But there are older TTS voices, that have only 32-bit support. They can be installed on 64-bit Windows and used by programs that support them. But Narrator on 64-bit Windows does not support them and can't use them. The ideal solution would be to ask the developers of the TTS voices in question to add 64-bit support to them. But most of those TTS voices are abandoned (no longer developed) and the chance to get an…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Change the landing point for keyboard focus on returning to the Contacts tab to the "Find someone or dial a number" area

                                    In Skype for Business, it used to be that if I was on the Contacts tab and I used Ctrl + n to move to another tab and then Ctrl + 1 to return to the Contacts tab, my focus was in the same place as I'd left it. Getting to the "Find someone or dial a number" edit could take a lot of keystrokes. When I go to that tab, the edit area is where i want to be almost every time

                                    A recent update (I'm now on 16.0.8201.2200) changed this so that now when I return to the…

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                                      1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • allow people to downlaod apps without the microsoft acount

                                      Allowing people to download apps without having a Microsoft acount

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                                        2 comments  ·  Xbox - Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • make the BeeLine Reader plugin available for Microsoft Word.

                                        I currently use the BeeLine Reader plugin for my browser, which helps making dense text passages easier to read. As a legal professional, I would really like to be able to utilize this feature in Microsoft Word but I was told that the plugin architecture does not support BeeLine. Would you please consider adding it? Thank you!

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                                          2 comments  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                            1 comment  ·  Access - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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