Microsoft 365 update will make sure no one is at a disadvantage

Microsoft Accessibility Reminder App
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At a time when business are using web accessibility software (opens in new tab) to make their websites accessible to all, Microsoft has released a new add-on that does the same thing for its office software (opens in new tab).

As over 1bn people are currently living with a disability, the software giant's Office Engineering team has created a new accessibility add-on for Microsoft Office (opens in new tab) called Accessibility Reminder.

According to a new blog post (opens in new tab), Accessibility Reminder helps drive awareness of the importance of making your organization's Office documents accessible with tips and tricks to fix accessibility issues. With the app's comment feature, disabled users can also remind their fellow collaborators that something in a document needs to be changed so that they can see or hear it.

The Accessibility Reminder app is currently available in Microsoft Excel (opens in new tab), Word (opens in new tab) and PowerPoint (opens in new tab) for both desktop and the web.

Accessibility Reminder app

Microsoft's new Accessibility Reminder app allows users to insert reminder comments in Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides to spread awareness of any issues they have when trying to collaborate with others.

In addition to more general comments, users can also create custom comments to notify specific document authors and include personalized messages, organization-specific links, training and more.

To install Microsoft's Accessibility Reminder app, you first need to navigate to this website (opens in new tab), sign in with your Microsoft 365 (opens in new tab) email address and fill out a short form. From here, you'll be taken to the Microsoft Garage (opens in new tab) project download site where you can specify which applications you want to install and use the app in.

While Microsoft released its Adaptive Controller (opens in new tab) back in 2018 to help disabled gamers play games on Xbox and PC, its new Accessibility Reminder app will likely be a big help for them when working from home (opens in new tab) and collaborating with their co-workers in documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

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