Microsoft Event Kicks Off with Video about Building Windows for Each of Us

The following is a post from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer


At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Today at a Microsoft event in New York, we opened the show with a video about how our team has been inspired to build Windows – not for all of us, but for each of us.

Some of the people on our teams who are dedicated to making Windows for everyone are featured here, along with many of the improvements we’ve delivered as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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There’s a lot more that’s not covered in the video, so if you want to learn more, do check out the additional Windows 10 resources below. These include information about the features highlighted in the video and advice for those using AT about upgrading to Windows 10.

In the video, we feature some early concept design options for Xbox avatars with wheelchairs. We’re all so excited about the Gaming for Everyone program and continue to work with the advocacy community and our fans on the designs and look forward to sharing additional images in the future. These are early concept designs, so please, help us with the process. Pop your ideas and feedback on either Xbox Feedback site or the Microsoft Accessibility UserVoice Forum.

In addition to what’s featured in the video today, do check out the great improvements from Microsoft Office, who have been partnering closely with the Windows teams to enhance the accessibility and usability of productivity experiences on Windows 10 devices. If you have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and are part of the Office Insiders program, you can be the first to experience the improvements as they roll out in Office 365 Windows Desktop and Office Windows Mobile applications. Experience improvements while using Office Online applications in the Edge browser with Windows 10 assistive technologies such as Narrator and ease of access settings such as High Contrast Mode. Read the Office Blog to learn more about the key accessibility improvements in Office 365: Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility update

Exciting day for us in the office! Please let us know what you think, pop ideas, thoughts and feedback on our Microsoft Accessibility UserVoice Forum and enjoy creating.