Past Press Stories from 2003-2007

2007 Press Releases

Industry Alliance Aims to Increase Accessibility, Interoperability and Innovation
Leading technology companies join forces to improve access to technology.
(December 10, 2007)

Microsoft Users to "Save As DAISY"
Collaborative development project aims to transform millions of Open XML documents into the world's most widely used accessible format for people with print disabilities.
(November 13, 2007)

Microsoft and DAISY Help Enhance Reading Experience for People with Print Disabilities
A tool for Microsoft Word, to be released as a downloadable plug-in at no charge early next year, will enable the translation of millions of Open XML documents into DAISY XML, the lingua franca of the globally accepted standard for digital talking books.
(November 13, 2007)

Microsoft and Novell Celebrate Year of Interoperability, Expand Collaboration Agreement
Customers continue to embrace bridge between Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise; technical collaboration expands to create cross-platform accessibility framework to improve the way disabled individuals interact with computers.
(November 7, 2007)

Microsoft, Miami Offer Seniors Free Computer Training, Customized PCs
New technology packages from Microsoft, tailored to seniors, complement training at neighborhood senior centers in Miami.
(October 29, 2007)

Microsoft and the City of Miami Help Seniors Get Connected
New eSeniors program enriches seniors' lives with computer training at no charge and PCs customized for seniors.
(October 29, 2007)

Accessible Technology Can Help People with Multiple Sclerosis, but Too Few Use It
Research shows accessible technology can offer people with MS a wider range of life choices, yet relatively few are using accessible technologies that could help them overcome many of the visual, dexterity, mobility and cognitive challenges brought on by the disease.
(October 26, 2007)

Microsoft and AT Vendors Usher In Next Wave of Technology for People With Disabilities
Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office release and assistive technology companies bring customers unprecedented ease of use.
(January 23, 2007)

2006 Press Releases

Vista from an accessible view
Seattle Times technology reporter Benjamin Romano reviews Microsoft Windows Vista with the help of Logan Olson who says the speech-recognition software she tried out at Microsoft would help in her work publishing a lifestyle magazine for young women with disabilities.
(August 30, 2006)

Making Technology Accessible to Everyone
Microsoft Windows Vista, and the new director of the Accessible Technology Group at Microsoft, Robert Sinclair, are making it easier for people to see, hear and use computers.
(June 5, 2006)

Assistive Technology Puts Wounded Veteran Back at the Drawing Board
A U.S. veteran who lost his hand and forearm in Iraq enlists assistive technology to make prosthetic devices better and more easily available worldwide. See also personal essay by Jonathan Kuniholm
(May 31, 2006)

2005 Press Releases

Microsoft Announces Winners of 2005 Start Something Amazing Awards
The program honors people who pursue what they are passionate about, using Microsoft Windows and related technology in simple, powerful ways.
(November 10, 2005)

Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers Empower People with Disabilities
Q&A: Accessibility options in Microsoft Windows, Office and Internet Explorer make it easier for anyone to use a computer.
(July 26, 2005)

Accessible Technology and Rehabilitation Medicine Provide Hope for 54 Million Americans With Disabilities Who Want to Compete in Today's Work Force
The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and Microsoft Corp. have teamed up to educate the medical community about the importance of incorporating accessible technology into the rehabilitation process to help patients with disabilities return to the work force and be more productive and competitive in their jobs.
(July 13, 2005)

2004 Press Releases

Gates Stresses Value of Digital Technology in Making Information More Accessible to People with Vision or Print Disabilities
When representatives from libraries around the world gathered at Microsoft to share best practices for improving services to people who are blind or print disabled, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates joined them to explore ideas for converting print and audio data to more accessible digital formats and distributing library resources over the Internet.
(November 15, 2004)

New Research Study Shows 57 Percent of Adult Computer Users Can Benefit From Accessible Technology
Microsoft Introduces Resources, Tutorials and Tips That Address Needs of Aging Workers and Employers
Accessible computer technology, often associated only with people with disabilities, can benefit a much larger segment of the population, according to a new study conducted by Forrester Data and commissioned by Microsoft Corp.
(February 2, 2004)

2003 Press Releases

Academy Award-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin Joins Sen. Tom Harkin, Easter Seals and Microsoft via Video Relay Service for Capitol Hill Showcase of Assistive Technology Innovation
Technology brought actress Marlee Matlin to Capitol Hill, October 14—virtually—as she joined Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin from Los Angeles via Sprint's Video Relay Service (VRS) at an event hosted by the office of Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine to discuss the positive impact of technology on people with disabilities. The two joined event sponsors Easter Seals and Microsoft Corp., as well as national disability leaders, government representatives and assistive technology (AT) vendors to celebrate the innovations in technology that are improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and to refocus attention on the fact that much more remains to be done.
(October 15, 2003)