Microsoft Tackles Office Mobile Accessibility, Adds Excel Toolset
Building on Office's existing accessibility options for visually impaired users, Microsoft revealed that it plans to add new capabilities.
"I am excited to announce that Office 365 teams are not only working on enhancing the usability of VoiceOver with Office 365 iOS apps and Narrator with Windows 10 Mobile apps, but also the usability of TalkBack with Office 365 Android apps," stated John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for the Microsoft Office Engineering group, in a recent blog post. VoiceOver and TalkBack are text-to-speech technologies that help users navigate their software audibly.
"And to make it easier for you to discover the difficult-to-find capabilities in Office with a just few clicks, the Tell me what you want to do … control (already available in Office Online and Office for PCs) is coming soon to Office for Android devices and by end of the year to iOS devices," continued Jendrezak.
The "Tell me …" feature, found in Office client applications like Word, enables users to find tasks, advanced options or capabilities that are often buried deep in the software's menus with simple natural language queries. For example, typing "print a document" takes users directly to application's print dialog.
Microsoft announces upcoming accessibility enhancements for Office 365 Android and iOS apps and adds several new data transformation options to Excel.
Going forward, Microsoft plans to bake accessibility into its upcoming Office 365 offerings, including the upcoming SharePoint mobile apps, added Jendrezak.