Promoting workplace equity through inclusive innovation: What’s new in Microsoft 365 accessibility for Summer 2022 – Microsoft Accessibility Blog – blogs.microsoft.com

Get better control over time and tasks  

Tools that foster a sense of control over time and tasks can help alleviate anxiety, contribute to better work-life balance, and reduce the chances of burnout. In previous installments of this blog, we’ve noted some of the ways that Microsoft 365 tools can help users manage their time more effectively – for example, by enrolling in a Focus plan or relaxing your mind with a Headspace meditation in Microsoft Viva Insights.  

In recent months, we’ve continued to innovate in this space, with improvements in Outlook, Teams, and Viva Insights. In Outlook, you can now pin important messages to the top of your inbox, or drag and drop email messages as tasks on your To Do list to help ensure important messages don’t fall through the cracks. To capture stray thoughts, you can now use the Teams Chat with Self feature to send yourself notes, messages, files, and images or videos, helping you keep everything in one place for tracking or transferring to your To Do list. And in Viva Insights, you can now tap into a curated set of guided meditations from Headspace in four additional languages: French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

Note to our government customers 

We’re also pleased to share that the following Microsoft 365 features, all of which are currently available to Microsoft’s commercial customers in multi-tenant cloud environments, have now also rolled out for Microsoft 365 GCC, GCC-High, and/or Department of Defense (DoD) customers, as noted: 

Microsoft Teams 

  • Live captions in Meetings for VDI – VMWare (GCC) 
  • Live captions in Meetings for VDI – Citrix (GCC) 
  • Multi-window support for VDI – AVD, Windows 365, Citrix (GCC/GCC-H) 
  • Customize chat density settings (GCC/GCC-H/DoD) 
  • Chat with Self (GCC/GCC-H/DoD) 
  • Anonymous meeting join across clouds (GCC/GCC-H/DoD) 
  • Live Transcript for meetings on VDI (AVD) (GCC/GCC-H) 
  • Suggested Replies on Mobile (GCC/GCC-H/DoD) 
  • Together Mode on VDI (GCC-H) 
  • Presenter mode: controls to move and resize presenter video (GCC-H/DoD) 
  • CART captioning in meetings (Desktop) (GCC-H) 
  • Together Mode on web (GCC-H/DoD) 
  • New default for Teams notification style (DoD) 

Microsoft Stream 

  • Add or edit captions and transcript for a video in SharePoint or OneDrive for Business (GCC/GCC-H/DoD) 

Microsoft Viva  

  • Briefing email from Microsoft Viva (GCC) 
  • Viva Insights app in Teams (GCC) 

Help shape the future of Microsoft 365 accessibility 

Our commitment to accessibility is powered by input from our customers and employees with disabilities – and it is driving exciting new work across Microsoft. At the 12th annual Microsoft Ability Summit in May, we celebrated a new and expanded Inclusive Tech Lab and unveiled Microsoft adaptive accessories designed to give people with disabilities greater access to technology. These adaptive accessories were designed to empower anyone who has difficulty using a traditional mouse or keyboard. People can use these accessories to create their own custom setup wherever they choose to work. Explore videos from the Ability Summit on demand. 

Ensuring that our products empower everyone to connect, communicate, and contribute is core to Microsoft’s mission, and we are committed to continual improvement in this space. And by far our most important guide on this journey is feedback from you, our customers. You can always reach us right within the Microsoft 365 apps you’re already using: just go to the File menu and select “Feedback” then “Send a suggestion” and include the tag #accessibility.  

If you have a disability and need technical assistance with any Microsoft product the Disability Answer Desk (DAD) can assist you via phone (800-936-5900) or chat. We also have an ASL option available for our customers who are deaf or hard of hearing in the U.S. (+1 503-427-1234), as well as video support through the Be My Eyes app. Enterprise customers can also reach out to the Enterprise Disability Answer Desk (eDAD) with questions about accessibility features, product compliance, and assistive technologies. 

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