As we know, Microsoft wants to focus on accessibility by offering products that can be used by people with disabilities. In this light they come
Microsoft has wanted to offer many things for disabled people for a number of years. The aim is to enable people suffering from various physical problems to use their products and, more broadly, computers and video games.
A choice of accessibility
At the Ability Summit, Microsoft made several announcements to promote better accessibility. Instead, we were able to discover a new range for PC called “Microsoft Adaptive Accessories”. Behind this name are modular and adaptable products to best suit the type of disability.
For this fall
Here is what Microsoft explains on its website:
Microsoft today introduced a new ecosystem of adaptable, easy-to-use accessories that enable people who find it difficult to use traditional mice and keyboards to create their ideal configuration to get the most out of their PC and apps. Equipped with three ports, the accessory allows any user to 3D print custom parts that meet their specific needs. Composed of three main elements that can be 3D printed, Microsoft’s new accessory can be customized according to the specific needs of each person.
New features for Microsoft, Edge and Xbox
In particular, Microsoft wants to bring many new features to the software side, especially to help people with disabilities to be able to write or read like everyone else.
- Focus is designed to help people with ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with/without Hyperactivity) focus by limiting distractions and mental fatigue.
- Live Captions automatically transcribes all audio content on Windows for the deaf and hard of hearing.
- Voice Access: Allows anyone to control their PC and create content in any application by voice
- Natural Narrator: a state-of-the-art speech synthesis equipped with natural voices that can react instantly even without an internet connection.
These are some great initiatives that hopefully can help a lot of people.