In this episode, James Oates demonstrates how to setup Windows Calendar on a PC running Windows 10 Anniversary Update. He shows us how to create an event and send out a calendar invite. He reviews the keyboard shortcuts available in Windows Calendar, and he creates an event using Cortana. During this demonstration, James uses Narrator with ETI Eloquence for Windows. Eloquence is an add-on that can be purchased here.
An upcoming feature for the Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint apps will automatically suggest image and slide deck captions, called alt-text, using AI algorithms. When those files are presented to blind users, computer tools designed to translate the information onscreen into audio will have text descriptions to work with.
In this powerful Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, (Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft), to discuss the inner workings of accessibility at Microsoft. Jenny explains the challenges facing Microsoft, the progress that has been made in Windows 10, Office 365, and cloud services. She goes on to outline Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in all its products across all platforms. She explains the importance of inclusive hiring for Microsoft to achieve its accessibility goals. She talks about Microsoft’s past reliance on third party applications and the company’s continued commitment to work with third party providers of assistive technology. Jenny then makes a major announcement that Microsoft has not made public until this time. Cool Blind Tech is excited to bring you this exclusive story. To find out what else was discussed, listen to the entire interview. Below is a list of helpful resources that are related to the topics in the interview.
We’re always excited to see good quality audio games, particularly ones with high bars in sound and game play hit the market. One fault many games suffer from is replay-ability – can I still do cool post-game action and have things feel more random in the story after I’m done? Or have I just wasted $39 of my money for a week’s worth of distractions, anticipation, and nervous fits over not being able to complete my game?
Tune in Nov. 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. ET to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Office CVP Kirk Koenigsbauer and special guests to learn more.
In this episode of the REAPER series, Alex shows you how to switch and combine takes in an audio track to make one cohesive track. We listen to some seriously underwhelming takes, and some really cool and intricate ones.
Takes are sections of audio that are recorded, most likely multiple times and are able to be combined to make a “perfect” section of music.
In this episode, James Oates introduces us to the built in Windows Mail client, which is a part of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. He shows us how to configure multiple accounts, create a signature line for our outgoing mail, how to create and send a message, how to reply to a message, how to activate a link within a message, how to quickly navigate a webpage using Microsoft Edge, how to search for a message, how to find all of your mail folders, how to use mail filters, how to format text in a message, and how to create and send a message using Cortana. Throughout this podcast, James uses Narrator, the built-in screen reader from Microsoft. He also shows us most of the handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows Mail.
Here, Alex walks us through editing presets by hand using Notepad. Since basically everything that’s good isn’t accessible in the music world, you gotta do silly and time-consuming workarounds. Depending on what kind of tone maniac and audio aficionado you are, you might decide to go through this.
In this podcast, James Oates shows us how to use the Groove Music app. Groove Music is a built in application that comes with Windows10. He provides us with all of the key strokes that are available for Groove Music. He shows us how to search for music and create a playlist. He demonstrates the new feature that allows us to edit a song’s metadata. He shows us how easy it is to control Groove Music by using voice commands with Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana. Finally, he shows us how to stream music to a mobile device without having to purchase a Groove Music Pass. It has taken awhile, but Microsoft finally has a legitimate rival to Apple’s iTunes application.
In this episode of the Audacity for Windows series, we go through some every-day edit commands. Sprinkled with humor and sarcasm, Alex brings you to the wonderful world of checking general loudness of audio selections and exporting some uncompressed glory.