Microsoft Details Accessibility Improvements In Windows 8

Today Microsoft detailed the  accessibility improvements that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has worked hard on Windows 8, particularly the new Metro style experience is accessible to everyone regardless of their physical abilities.

Microsoft’s accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to:

  1. Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI.
  2. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available in the Store.
  3. Engage assistive technology vendors (ATVs) to adopt Windows 8 and build upon the accessibility scenarios.

Great job by Microsoft. But I want Microsoft to work on accessibility options in Windows Phone as well.

You can read more at Building Windows 8 Blog.

  • Guest

    They still need to make things pretty and more eye candy. functionality is there and metro design is cool but the graphic and design it far from what we saw in office or future visions from microsoft.

    Why don’t bring those cool simple elegent graphic designs to windows 8 now!

    • Misak Ghazaryan

      the aesthetics can wait, the general idea of the ui is important to have in place at this point, which is what they have, so the can assess what features go where and how to access them etc. once all the features are finished then the look gets finalised, its only logical to have it that way and is what MS has always done

  • Andrew Lee

    OOps what do you mean eye candy? Its for visually impaired people, if I guess wirte. It works well.

  • Monkey D Black

    hmm, seems like an old build (check the start orb/start square). any case, I’m not sure why they would want to flip the user to the classic desktop when they start narrator….I wonder if they figured out a way to run classic apps in metro so the user doesn’t have to flip through back and forth…..

  • Anonymous

    I used to be a Graphic Designer before I lost most of my vision to a rare retinal eye disease. The irony is that I never designed any of my web sites with accessibility in mind. I guess we all pay for our sins. Kudos to Microsoft for implementing accessibility within Windows 8. Accessible features are always downward compatible as well. Speech recognition is good example of this principle. Users who have normal vision and users that can’t use a mouse both benefit form this kind of interface. Everyone  benefits from choice. 

    • Pradeepviswav