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Last year, in the first part of this two-part blog, we explored the latest accessibility features from Android, iOS and Amazon. Now, we’re opening up Windows and Microsoft Office 365 to see what they have to offer.
“Microsoft is really going above and beyond in making Windows and Office 365 more accessible,” said Brian Norton, director of assistive technology at Easterseals Crossroads. “Better yet, these accessibility features improve experiences for any user, regardless of whether they have a disability.”
Windows to an Accessible World
Windows’ latest accessibility features offer a host of helpful options for people with disabilities. For people with mobility issues, Windows 10 and 11 offer built-in support for eye tracking technology (tracking hardware sold separately). Through eye tracking-enabled cameras and an easy-to-use launch pad, this technology allows users to control anything on the screen with their eyes only. Another feature lets users control their device with just their voice — it even places proper punctuation for them!
The on-screen keyboard allows users to type with a pointing device, such as a mouse, trackball or joystick. And for those with mobility limitations, learning disabilities or cognitive impairment, the keyboard’s word completion and word prediction tools can be helpful.