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Windows Phone 8 to bring an array of new accessibility features

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Windows Phone 8 to bring an array of new accessibility features
Back in the days of Windows Mobile, disabled users preferred it over other platforms for the ability to use hardware keyboards for the vision-impaired.  Application developers preferred the open operating system, which allowed them to create screen readers and other tools to assist those with disabilities to better interact with the device.

However, One Voice, an organization specializing in accessibility in the IT industry, has now brought up the issue that Microsoft's new platform, Windows Phone 7, misses many of those features. In a recent publication, One Voice said:

Despite Microsoft Windows for PCs and laptops offering a range of built-in accessibility features, the current version of its smartphone operating system – Windows Phone 7 (formerly called Windows Mobile), a cut-down version of the familiar Windows for PCs – is not considered to be very accessible. It does not have a built-in screen-reader, and it is not constructed to allow others to write apps accessing the screen elements.


With that said, One Voice did go on to state that progress is being made with Windows Phone 8, and that when released later this year, Windows Phone 8 will have a great improvement in accessibility features.

source: WMPoweruser

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posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:13 1

1. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


And sales?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:19 5

4. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


that is up to the consumers to decide.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:59 1

6. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Yeap....

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:18 10

2. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I love iOS and Android.... but I am excited to see what WP8 brings!!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:20 3

5. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


HIGH Five i am too

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:00 2

7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Me2...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:19 2

3. edrich (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Do you really expect anyone do have an informed opinion about WP8 devices when nothing about the devices itself, or its features are known?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:13 3

8. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Bah. Don't care.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:38 3

9. omacmagics (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


I like the smoothness in windows phone, that's all. I love my android and wish for that smoothness.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:10

10. Carlitos (Posts: 351; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


im right with you, but i strongly think that smoothness is aready being reached on android phones. Like the One X, The SGSIII, and the upcoming motorola phones.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:44 1

11. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Yup, four years later.

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