To celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Microsoft has announced upcoming support for live captions and subtitles in Powerpoint and Skype.
Microsoft has released another round of updates for their new Skype v8 app for desktop devices with new changes to improve the app’s accessibility features
For the fifth edition of the Microsoft One Week Hackathon, participants will be given a new book, “The Ability Hacks,” which looks back at how two hackathon teams created new technology to empower people with disabilities
The new standard will make Braille displays more accessible for the visually impaired, and guarantee that they’re fully compatible with different devices and operating systems.
Microsoft has long been on a mission to empower every person and organization to achieve more, and today the company is highlighting how it’s done just that.
The Redmond giant chose to announce its new Xbox Adaptive Controller on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and the new device will be priced at $99.99 USD and be available exclusively on the Microsoft Store.
SpecialEffect, which is known for customized gaming setups for those with physical disabilities, recently released EyeMine, which lets anyone with a Windows computer play Minecraft with eye-tracking hardware.
The features have long been available for testing with Windows Insiders, and range from new Ease of Access settings page, an improved Windows Narrator, enhanced eye control navigation, and much more.
The Skype team today posted an interesting note on their blog, noting that several accessibility improvements are on the way soon to the application on Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android.
The iPhone app can work in the background and automatically warns users about points of interests, roads and intersections.
The company received the recognition thanks to Eye Control on Windows 10, as well as their release of the Seeing AI app.
The free accessibility upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies will expire on December 31, 2017.
The award came from the Annual U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) National Conference, and celebrates another milestone in the company’s advancement in technology for the blind, deaf, and other differently abled individuals.
The focus of the changes are to help out people with learning disabilities who can really benefit from the extra read-over to catch mistakes and generally proofread documents.
The Windows 10 preview build 16215 is bringing several new accessibility features including Narrator and Braille improvements plus new color filters.
The Microsoft Accessibility summit provided insights into regulations, specifications, and standards so that accessible and adaptive technologies can act as a support system for empowerment of persons with disabilities.