How Xbox’s Adaptive Controller could revolutionize gaming for the disabled

I am not really a gamer, having not played significantly since the Super Nintendo days [going way-way back]. There was a social games phase [Candy Crush, Criminal Case, Farmville, etc] but I outgrew that as well, and most gamers don’t consider these Facebook activities gaming. But I digress…

Playing video games has always been a struggle for people who have disabilities, but with the reveal of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, that may not be the case for too much longer. Here’s how the new tech might revolutionize the industry…

Source: How Xbox’s Adaptive Controller could revolutionize gaming for the disabled

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Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day – The Official Microsoft Blog

omb_gaad-image-1024x5761I am aware that there are other companies successful in the a11y world. I commend Microsoft for being a leader here..

Today we celebrate the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day and announce new technology and resources for people with disabilities. The goal of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about accessibility. For us, it’s also about digging deep into how technology can empower the 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities.

Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day – The Official Microsoft Blog

CodeTalk: Rethinking IDE accessibility – Microsoft Research

This is the first I have heard of this, but it is very important for everyone to have the opportunity to develop software and solutions. We are all in this together.

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It is a bright afternoon in the Microsoft Research India lab. Research Fellow, Venkatesh Potluri, sits at his computer, frantically racing against the clock to fix one last bug before the end of the day. The computer blares into his headphones—not music, but a robotic rendition of the code, as Venkatesh uses a program called a screen reader to access applications on his computer [..]

Source: CodeTalk: Rethinking IDE accessibility – Microsoft Research

What’s New In DevTools (Chrome 65)  |  Web  | Google Developers

Not designed to get all technical as some of this flies over my head (not hard to do in some cases) but continuing aspiration to get this to more users and maybe turn them into clients.

What’s New In DevTools (Chrome 65)  |  Web
 |  Google Developers

Microsoft Office 365 gets global recognition for its work in accessibility

Not a coincidence that most of my former (and archived) Tumblr posts here on this subject comes from Microsoft. It’s not all about altruism; just plain smart business.

Microsoft Office 365 gets global recognition for its work in accessibility