Aug 13, 2018   |   Aleenah Ansari

When being ‘selfish’ about using Microsoft products gets personal

For Cory Joseph, it’s personal. If you flip over the badge of any Microsoft employee, regardless of their title or seniority, you’ll find the following phrase: “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” This is the mission statement of Microsoft, and it applies to everyone who works at the company,...

Mar 27, 2018   |   Michael Vanderhyde

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...

Jan 17, 2018   |   Michael Vanderhyde

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...