Michael Vanderhyde sitting in Microsoft building lobby with latptop in front.

Mar 27, 2018

Accessibility basics at Microsoft: Built in. Not a bolt on.

“Accessibility is not a bolt on.” Have you ever heard this quote? It means accessibility is first considered at the end of the development lifecycle, or worse, once the application or website has been released to production. While this isn’t ideal for any organization, it’s an unfortunate reality where many enterprises find themselves on their...

Michael Vanderhyde at a table in his office.

Jan 17, 2018

The quest to make Microsoft accessible to its core

Braille on elevator buttons. Crosswalks with audible warning tones. Railings in bathrooms. I have long been aware of these tools for accessibility in the physical world, and I also notice when these accommodations are missing – a curb with no ramp, a building with no elevator. But what about digital accessibility? I admit, until 18...