Windows 11 redefines accessibility


Literally and figuratively. Windows 11 has received a lot of interest due to it clean and elegant design, but the operating system is more than eye candy. Accessibility is equally important.

And this is what Microsoft notes in a new post that talks about how Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of the operating system. The company wants to use the opportunity to help tackle the disability divide.

Windows Accessibility Leader Jeff Petty details how accessibility was considered from the start for the new operating system. Redmond used Trusted Tester tools to make sure that Windows 11 conforms to accessibility standards.

One key change is how Windows 11 makes it easier to find and use features.

Windows 11 Accessibility

Microsoft says that one bit of feedback they got from Windows Insiders was on better branding. People were confused by “Ease of Access” when they were looking for “Accessibility”, so that has been changed, alongside a few other changes:

“We redesigned the Accessibility Settings to make them easier to use. And of course, Accessibility features are available in the out of box experience and on the Log on and Lock screens so that users can independently setup and use their devices, e.g., with Narrator.”

In terms of other additions and enhancements, we have new sound schemes that are making a reappearance in Windows 11 to help those with vision issues. Of course, they are also delightful for everyone else.

Closed caption themes have also been redesigned for the hard of hearing, so that they are easier to read and customize. The new OS also makes better use of the assistive technology ecosystem, with feedback from industry partners to make the operating system more responsive by design.

Redmond also wants to contribute to more education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities across the world.

And Windows 11 is the first step in that direction.