Microsoft Touts Accessibility Improvements in Windows 10 Version 1903

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 7 Comments

With Windows 10 version 1903 now rolling out to all compatible PCs, Microsoft is touting the accessibility advances in this release.

“We’re continuing to make Windows 10 easier to see and easier to use without a display with Narrator,” Microsoft’s Jeff Petty writes. “The Windows 10 May 2019 Update delivers on our mission by continuing to act on user feedback, in particular feedback from people with low vision or who are blind.”

Here’s what new in accessibility in Windows 10 version 1903.

Bigger and brighter mouse pointers. Building on the larger text options in the previous release, Windows 10 version 1903 now lets you configure bigger and brighter mouse pointers in Settings > Ease of Access > Cursor & pointer.

Magnifier improvements. Magnifier now follows along with what you type and as you navigate Windows with your keyboard. Microsoft has also reduced jitter when the mouse is centered on the screen, which is an option many people use to make their mouse pointer easier to find by keeping it in a predictable location, the firm says.

Narrator improvements. The built-in screen reader in Windows is easier to learn and use, offers improved responsiveness with applications like Word and Outlook, and now works with more popular applications, including Google Chrome.

Microsoft also notes that any customers with a disability of any kind who need technical assistance can contact the Disability Answer Desk via phone (503-427-1234) and chat. In the U.S., Microsoft also offers an ASL option for customers with hearing loss.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft Touts Accessibility Improvements in Windows 10 Version 1903”

  1. wp7mango

    Did they add mouse support too?


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  2. dxtremebob

    My blue mouse pointer is much easier to see.

  3. pattyattypa

    Thanks for covering accessibility. I'm enjoying larger, yellow mouse pointer that's harder to blend into the background.

  4. vernonlvincent

    I believe they also added a features for color blind people in 1903. I discovered it under the Personalize options and that's made a big difference for me.

  5. shivamq

    Thankyou so much for this information sir

  6. saint4eva

    Well done, Microsoft. This is incredible.

  7. CompUser

    But other than maybe the different colors, have these pointer options been available since like Window 98? I remember messing around changing the pointer size and shape, giving it tails, etc., way back when. Just don't remember if the color choices were there though. I guess maybe calling it something different makes it something new.

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