Microsoft Accessibility Feedback

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  1. System Repair Disk missing Narrator

    Microsoft has been making major improvements to Narrator and all of us that use screen readers are impressed. Sure there are things that folks want added, however Rome was not built in a day.

    Narrator would be a great  addition to the Microsoft System Repair Disk, this would allow screen reader users to repair issues that arise that screen reader users now have to wait for assistance to fix.
    
    

    On a some what different note, The Microsoft Disability answer Desk team should take an extra minute to spell check their answers to this forum.

    I know that time is money,…

    4 votes
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  2. Does Windows 10 have a screen curtain shortcut for blind users?

    Apple has had a screen reader command for many years. It allows blind users to have a blank monitor or screen so that they can work on documents in a public setting and not have others reading what they are typing. It also allows low vision users who are sensitive to light to turn the display off. Would be great if Microsoft had this feature as a shortcut.

    6 votes
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  3. For email, add a function that allows you to add a note to saved emails so that you remember the action that you took or need to take.

    My disability can make it difficult for me to remember actions I've taken or need to take on emails received. Adding a note feature to saved emails would help me a lot more than flags.

    4 votes
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  4. Narrador y Dictado

    Acceso directo a Narrador y al Lector de Texto con iconos identificadores facilita mucho el trabajo, para poder pasar de uno al otro, usando diferentes ventanas. En mi caso como profesora, periodista e investigadora; solucionaría muchísimo mi tarea. Muchas veces no los uso por tener que estar habilitando y deshabilitando una u otra

    2 votes
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  5. Creat a form letter we can send to developers

    We need a form letter we can send to a developer when we are struggling to use in inaccessible or partly accessible applications. I'm truly impressed with the great modern documentation Microsoft has produced for developers, but sometimes users need to nudge them in the right direction. To do this most non-technical users need a way to communicate with developers using language they understand.

    To bridge this gap, I created this letter. I hope Microsoft accessibility can improve on it and issue something official that end users can copy and paste when emailing developers:


    I have collected some links that…

    3 votes
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  6. Remove the app size limit downloaded via mobile data in store

    Everything is fine with this Windows phone(LUMIA 520). But worst thing is that I can't install apps(<20mb) with mobile data in this phone. I really dissatisfied with this feature. I can't update my applications without Wi-Fi. I have a large mobile data plan but I can't use that. It doesn't support sideloading of apps. What would a user do who has not mobile data connection instead of Wi-Fi??? Should he buy another phone for setting up a Wi-Fi connection to update his apps on his Windows phone ???
    Guys! I am from India and I can use large data plan…

    4 votes
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  7. Las teclas especiales se activan automáticamente.

    Tengo que desactivar las teclas especiales para que corra el cursor en excel.

    2 votes
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  8. Actually Let People Talk To Customer Service Without 490k Steps

    I think it's pretty self explanatory. Stop making it so hard for people to use your products. Stop making it even harder for people to contact you, who already can't use products they purchased from you.

    3 votes
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  9. Label the search box in the Windows 10 store

    When navigating the Windows 10 store with any screen reader, the search box is unlabeled and only appears as an unlabeled button. Once activated, the button expands to a text area which text can be typed into to perform the user's search query. Can this search box not be correctly labeled, and classed as a standard edit control type rather than a non-standard, unlabeled button? I get that one can press CTRL+E, as in echo, to reach the edit field, but that's not an excuse to override good accessibility habbits as well.

    10 votes
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  10. Make the "Microsoft Virtual Academy" more friendly to screen reader users

    Currently trying to take the virtual academy course in PowerShell. Tried IE, FireFox, Edge and Chrome; Chrome works the best. Tried NVDA, Narrator and JAWS; JAWS works the best. The control-semicolon keystroke does bring up an accessible view of the slide presentation. But after the first video for the first lesson is done playing (around an hour) there is no play button. I've toggled autoplay on and off, and have gone through the slides and the table of contents. I've pressed ENTER on different items in the contents; nothing plays. I guess the play button is some inaccessible graphic an/or…

    4 votes
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  11. A gadget for storage with specific features

    Hello
    I hope you read this email thoroughly.
    Some time ago, the idea of a gadget came to my mind that it took over from the cloudy space,Which enabled people to store their data where they had full confidence.
    Of course, there may be some examples of these gadgets in the market, but I'm talking about a gadget with specific features.
    If you would like to know this idea, I can help you.

    2 votes
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  12. Speak Selected Text

    Make option to right-click on selected text and convert to an audio file that includes .mp3 as an option in addition to reading it out loud. Thank you,

    5 votes
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  13. Windows 10 should have built in access for switch interface users

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

    6 votes
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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.

  14. Remove the app size limit feature downloaded via mobile data in store

    Everything is fine with this Windows phone(LUMIA 520). But worst thing is that I can't install apps(<20mb) with mobile data in this phone. I really dissatisfied with this feature. I can't update my applications without Wi-Fi. I have a large mobile data plan but I can't use that. It doesn't support sideloading of apps. What would a user do who has not mobile data connection instead of Wi-Fi??? Should he buy another phone for setting up a Wi-Fi connection to update his apps on his Windows phone ???
    Guys! I am from India and I can use large data plan…

    3 votes
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  15. allow for some kind of visual cue when a phone rings

    When my phone rings at work i need some kind of visual cue on my screen, does a setting already exist or would something new need to be instated.

    3 votes
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  16. eye gaze to control my wheelchair

    how can I sign up to be a tester of the eye gaze technology that allows me to control my wheelchair with my eyes.

    2 votes
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  17. Create a top level domain for the Accessibility Community forums.

    It took me forever and a day to find the URL to these accessibility forums. When I called the Accessibility Helpdesk, the lady didn't have even the slightest inkling of an idea what I was talking about. She barely spoke english, and was inevitably reading from a script put in front of her little nose. I"m not aposed to outsourcing people overseas to do tech support work, and that's not the point of this post, so no one flame me here. All I'm saying is, it took her about 10 minutes just to find the link to these forums, and…

    7 votes
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    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for contating us about this issue. We’ll get in touch with the forum developers to see if we can make this easier to navigate to it. We’ll relay information as it becomes available.

    Thank you for contacting us about this issue.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  18. Accessible Microsoft Modern Keyboard

    Being visually impaired, I struggle to see the text on a normal keyboard. The new Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID looks like a good keyboard, but would your product team consider making an accessible version of it? A "Microsoft Modern Accessible Keyboard with Fingerprint ID" featuring larger keyboard text size would definitely be something I would consider buying. A black finish version with the larger text size (in white) on black keys would also provide a more contrasting colour version as well, making finding keys easier for those with visual impairments.

    5 votes
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    Hi Pete,

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. the fn key should behave exactly like CTRL, Shift, or ALT. I’ll forward this to the appropriate development team for resolution to this. Once this is fixed, we’ll let you know.

    Again, thank you for reaching out to us; and if in the future we can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Sincerely,

    The Microsoft Disability Answer Desk team.

  20. Close Narrator automatically when starting another screen reader

    When installing another antivirus product, Windows Defender deactivates itself. Since having two or more screen readers running at the same time impacts negatively on performance and keyboard usability, Narrator should also close and deactivate itself automatically when it detects that the user started another screen reader and configured one to start automatically, before and/or after logon, on the Ease of Access Control Panel applet.
    This would prevent situations like the following:
    1. When upgrading to new Insider Preview builds, if the user left Narrator turned on to watch the installation progress, it starts automatically after logging on, even when the…

    3 votes
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