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  1. Extend access to Windows 10 for the disabled.

    Microsoft should extend free access to Windows 10 for the disabled and give clearer notice of its expiration. There are many disabled who were unaware of the deadline. Windows 10 has additional features for helping disabled persons. In addition, it is clearly in Microsoft's interest to have as many people using Windows 10 as possible.

    9 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Using Narrator should be a way to earn points in Microsoft rewards

      Microsoft Rewards is a great way to support Microsoft, then have Microsoft support you. Narrator is growing with every new release of Windows 10, and I feel that blind users of other screen readers should try Narrator more often. A good way to facilitate this is by having Narrator usage drive up points in Microsoft Rewards, and perhaps having accessibility-based rewards, like being the next voice in a Microsoft TTS engine, or choosing the next feature to be worked on for Narrator. This would definitely bring more blind people to using Narrator, and expand Microsoft's reach into accessibility and feedback.…

      3 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Microsoft should launch an insider program for testing text-to-speech features and fixes in Cortana and OneCore speech engines

        Text-to-speech may never be perfect, but why not make it as perfect as possible? Not everyone uses Text-to-speech, so only a few people will be focusing on those features. I propose that an Insider branch be opened for users to communicate directly with the Text-to-speech team, and for the team to send out features and fixes to be tested and commented on by the users. These users aren't just a few who may upvote this issue, they are plenty who use Narrator, Microsoft ReadAloud, and other assistive technologies which use the Microsoft Speech interfaces. In closing, Windows should not only…

        2 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 2 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make it easier to get help using accessibility modes.

            I clicked on help in the contract settings window and was directed to a page for partners and enterprise customers. I just need to know how to invert the contrast style using a keyboard shortcut. I shouldn't have to Google this....

            2 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Windows High Contrast  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Creating Kasaragod Malayalam language in windows 10

              I would like to share my opinion to install Kasaragod Malayalam language in windows 10. There are many people in my city who doesn't speak english very well mostly elders. I want Kasaragod Malayalam language to be installed because my Mom and Dad are from my native place they don't know to speak or understand english. I just want to show them that computer can clear all their doubts for manythings and daily uses and them using it. And that's my only desire people to use for their every importance and learning. Your company will become the best.

              2 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Windows Speech Recognition  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support Seeing Ai for Windows 10

                We know that Narrator doesn't have its own OCR feature, so can you support advanced OCR document feature for PDF files?

                Also, it's would be very cool if Seeing AI can identify images/photos in windows 10 operation.

                2 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 6 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Microsoft and a lack of assistive technology hardwares

                    The biggest challenging for Microsoft is that to create its own assistive technology hardwares, such as braille display device, magniflying machine, etc. I'm not sure it's discriminatory if the company preferred to hire the engineers who can create software apps like Seeing AI, rather than developing hardwares.

                    In addition, if you look it carefully, Microsoft makes both hardwares and softwares like tablet and apps, so why they haven't made hardwares for customers with disability?

                    I wanted to know what Jenny thought about this issue.

                    Note: Jenny, executive director for Microsoft Disability

                    2 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Project - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Dictionary feature for Narrator

                      The narrator doesn't support customizing pronunciation feature for specific words. For instance, if narrator pronounces some words incorrectly, Narrator can change the pronunciation in dictionary setting like JAWS and NVDA.

                      2 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support emojis with screen reader

                        I heard that from sources claiming that users can use variety of emojis by pressing Windows-key plus period or Windows-key plus semicolon to open the dialogue and choose any emoji that they want it for social media. However, screen readers like Jaws doesn't support this feature. Should you make it accessible?

                        2 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a toggle to echo user's keystrokes in Narrator.

                          In Windows 10 insider preview 17115.1, Narrator won't echo keys like the arrow keys, tab, shift, control, windows, escape, and many others. Not sure if this is a bug or by design, but would someone tell me if this Narrator behavior will be released along with Windows 10 version 1803? But what is a bug is that typing tabs in notepad, wordpad, and other text editing programs is silent. To reproduce, open your preferred Microsoft text editor, such as notepad or wordpad. Press tab. Notice that Narrator stays silent, but using the arrow keys to move around the text will…

                          3 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Windows Narrator  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Multipoint Connectivity for ReSound Linx 3d Hearing Aids and Windows 10 Bluetooth

                            Please ensure Multipoint Connectivity between WINDOWS 10 and the ReSound Linx 3d Hearing Aids. I wear two and would desperately enjoy being able to listen to music with my children. Currently, with only one connection, I alone get to hear the music or Just the laptop speakers. Both should be able to stream at the same time. The new world of music is open to me now and I cannot share in it properly with my family.

                            2 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Soundscape  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • create an easier way to be reached for people struggling with disability

                              I have been locked out of my old e-mail, who knows why. And I am struggling reaching anyone to help me. I have a learning disability and you guys have made it very hard/ impossible to call or help me get it back. I have submitted over 10 recovery forms, and none have worked. I am so beyond frustrated.

                              2 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make the packaging easier to get into. The packaging is excessive for a pen that is too difficult to get into.

                                Make the packaging easier to get into. The packaging is excessive for a pen that is too difficult to get into.
                                Also just a waste of materials. A surface pen does not need that much protection...
                                This might not be the intended purpose of this forum but the tech being accessible is quite an issue if someone can't even get to it.

                                2 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Get rid of the new outlook mail, bring back the classic version!!!! Now!!!

                                  Was forced this morning to use your new version of Outlook Mail. I am very dissatisfied with it. It is unusable !!! I cannot even read text in the tiny windows I am now forced to use. This is totally unacceptable!!!
                                  Bring back the Classic Version of Outlook Mail to my account NOW or I will be leaving you and telling everyone of my dissatisfaction !!!
                                  BRING BACK THE CLASSIC VERSION NOW !!!!

                                  2 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Outlook - Office Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • I used to be able to to increase text sizes toolbar File/home/insert/design, etc and macro icon toolbar in order to function

                                    I used to be able to increase text sizes on the toolbar for File/home/insert/design, etc and macro icon toolbar in order to function. I no longer see the feature in Advaned Display Settings. Bring it back.

                                    3 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Word - Office Accessiblity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • improve accessibility in skype

                                      Make skype more accessible with screen readers. The desktop app is not usable anymore, and I went to remove two versions and couldn't install skype desktop on the PC anymore. The app from the store is usable, but you can't type numbers using the dialpad. Can't sign out of skype either.

                                      5 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Skype  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • make your very helpful apps available in Norway.

                                        Hello. :-)

                                        I hope apps like Seeing AI and the New Soundscapes-app will be available in Norway soon.
                                        They seem so great. I envy you English talking people.

                                        Tanks. :-)

                                        Greetings from Norway

                                        3 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Seeing AI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add "smart punctuation" to the Windows onscreen keyboard

                                          Typing on the Windows onscreen keyboard is already excruciatingly slow. It is even slower when using text completion with a space after a word and having to click Backspace to insert punctuation. "Smart punctuation" would make it a bit less excruciating. That is, have an option for the backspace to be sent automatically when clicking a punctuation mark, then for instance a space to be sent after a comma. Maybe even an option to capitalize the first letter of sentences. Most keyboard based word prediction programs offer this option, as do better onscreen keyboards.

                                          2 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Ease of Access  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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