Accessibility in Office 365—enabling greater digital inclusion

In honor of the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, all Office 365 users are invited to lay the foundation for a more inclusive digital environment by discovering and using accessibility capabilities built into Office 365. —Read on to learn about new capabilities such as accessible templates, image description controls, link display name controls and accessibility checkers.

Immersive Reader and Frame Guide come to Office Lens—offering built-in accessibility

Today, we are pleased to announce two new features for Office Lens—the Immersive Reader and the Frame Guide for iOS. Combined, these new updates expand our toolbox of Learning Tools, which we first brought to OneNote and are now bringing to OneNote Online, Word for the desktop and Word Online. —Read on to learn more.

Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my students

This guest blog post written by Robin Lowell, a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, who has years of experience working as a special education teacher and an itinerant teacher of blind and visually impaired students. At the Closing the Gap conference this week, she is partnering with Microsoft Office product managers to showcase the technologies she finds most impactful for creating inclusive learning environments.

Empowering IT professionals to advance accessibility initiatives

Last week, at the Ignite conference, we partnered with IT professionals to identify ways organizations can advance accessibility initiatives and create more digitally inclusive working environments as part of their digital transformations. —Read on to access the recordings and highlights from sessions at Ignite focused on accessibility.

Productivity and inclusion—Office 365 accessibility update

Accessibility enhancements releasing this quarter to Office 365 customers bring us closer to our goals of ensuring that people with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device and that everyone can easily create content that is accessible for all people. —Read on for more details.

Sway accessibility milestones

The Microsoft mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and we on the Sway team take this mission to heart. As a result, we’ve been working on several features to help users with vision, mobility and cognitive impairments to use Sway in their personal and work lives. All of the following enhancements are now available on the Sway web and Windows apps.

Accessibility in Office 365—progress in 2015 and plans for 2016

Delivering productivity experiences that are inclusive, accessible and truly empower people of all abilities to achieve more is a priority for Microsoft. We invite all organizations and individuals who strive to create an inclusive work or classroom environment to follow our progress on Office Blogs and watch our video series showcasing the accessibility enhancements in Office 365.

New accessibility enhancements for Office Online

When we first built Office Online, we worked hard to make the suite accessible to blind and low vision users by using a new web accessibility standard called WAI-ARIA. While this web standard has allowed Office Online to be usable with a screen reader, we’ve made some further improvements over the past year to provide an even better experience. We are excited to talk about these improvements and have you try them out.