Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update Takes Big Leap Toward Accessibility

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the launch of it Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.  With this release Microsoft will move much closer to making their products accessible to people with disabilities.

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This release makes good on its announcement of what to expect from Microsoft with regard to accessibility in 2017.

Here are some of the key features of the Fall Creators Update:

  • A beta version of Eye Control, which allows users to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech tool via an eye-tracking device;
  • Updates to Dictation on the Desktop that allow users to input text, perform basic editing or input punctuation using voice commands;
  • An update to Narrator that uses Microsoft Cognitive Services to create brief descriptions of images that lack alt text; and
  • An improvement to Learning Tools, a feature designed to help people with dyslexia read more easily, that expands it to other languages.

The full post is available at the Microsoft Accessibility Blog:

For more posts on accessibility issues.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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