Microsoft strives to build products that are accessible and easy to learn and use. We are continually working to demystify technology and make it more accessible to people, regardless of their physical abilities, or their economic, cultural, or educational backgrounds.
Among the other innovations we continue to build into our products are a wide range of accessibility features that make it easier for people with physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, or disabilities to use a computer and customize their work environment. We also work closely with companies that design and build assistive technology devices—such as screen readers that convert text to speech for people who are blind or visually impaired—which run on the Windows platform and enable people with disabilities to perform a wide range of tasks and access information more easily.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 5. Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 15. Towards WSIS Phase 2 (Tunis) (PoA, Section F)
Related MDGs: MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
MDG 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development