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Windows 10 free upgrade offer still on for AT users

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Microsoft continues to support a free upgrade to Windows 10 for people who are using Assistive Technologies (AT) in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, despite officially ending their promotional offer on 29 July 2016.

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New Microsoft tool looks like a good plan

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A useful part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite is Planner. By using it, teams can create new plans; organise, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files. Yet the best news is that it has built-in accessibility features.

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Desktop computer, tablet and phone showing Microsoft Planner interface

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Windows 10 still free for assistive technology users

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For most people, it’s too late to take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. Yet for those with a disability who use assistive technologies (AT), the offer is still open. 

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Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 update with accessibility improvements

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Microsoft has commenced rolling out a major new update to its Windows 10 operating systems on desktop, laptop and tablet devices, bringing a number of new features which include benefits to people with disabilities.

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Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, can now be used from the locked screen which can potentially benefit people with a mobility impairment in providing greater control of the device through verbal commands when the screen is locked

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Governments are toughening up on public sector web accessibility

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State and Federal Governments around the globe are toughening up on public sector web accessibility. The latest case is the Alaskan Juneau School District, which felt the wrath of that state’s Government because of a complaint from the public that their websites aren’t inclusive for all needs.

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After receiving the disability discrimination complaint, Alaskan authorities undertook a rigorous investigation and found out that ten other schools, educational groups, and institutions (including the Montana School for the Deaf and blind) also had accessibility issues on their websites.


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A demo of Microsoft Office 365’s new accessibility features

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Microsoft has recently updated Office 365 with three main new features that enhance accessibility for users with vision impairments. We provide an overview and share a video demo of the new updates.

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“Okay Google, turn on Voice Access”

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As part of its focus to make Android devices more accessible to people with disabilities, Google has launched Voice Access Beta, a new accessibility service that allows Android users to control all of the functionality of their device by voice alone.

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The new app allows users to change settings, writing texts, scrolling to the end of a page, using the camera, contacts and more.  This will allow a greater inclusion to users unable to operate the touchscreen due to a disability.


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First NVDA screen reader update for 2016 now available

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NV Access has launched the 2016.1 update of its NVDA screen reader for Microsoft Windows, adding a new option to lower the volume of external sounds, additional support for braille displays, significant fixes for using Microsoft Office and improvements to browsing the iTunes Store.

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Microsoft reveals accessibility goals for Windows 10 and Office 365

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Tech giant Microsoft has revealed its roadmap of accessibility features to be introduced in Windows 10 and Office 365 over the course of 2016. The announcement comes after a number of public statements outlining an increased commitment to inclusion of people with disabilities in its product offering and services.

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Microsoft announces philanthropic initiative to improve digital access

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Microsoft has announced an increased commitment to digital accessibility through Microsoft Philanthropies, an organisation within the company aiming to boost the global economy by providing the benefits of technology and access to more people around the world.

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