Microsoft at CSUN 2017

The CSUN Assistive Technology conference will kick off its 33rd round on March 19 and Microsoft plans to be there. The Redmond giant will have a booth in the grand hall of Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, and will perform several demonstrations.

Sessions will address new accessibility features in Windows, Office 365, and Xbox, as well as Microsoft’s inclusive work environment. Speakers will also delve into ongoing research like Hearing AI and the Seeing AI app.

Microsoft CSUN Schedule

The company has published timetable information ahead of the event, alongside more detail about each talk.

There’s a wealth of information, but here’s the short version:

 Time Wednesday, March 21    Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
 08:00 Strategies to Make your IT Applications More Accessible and Usable Microsoft IT’s Journey to an Accessible Enterprise Organization
09:00 Accessibility at Microsoft Windows Narrator: What’s New in Windows 10 Modernization of IT with SharePoint Accessibility
10:00 Accessibility in Windows 10: What’s New Beyond Compliance: Staying Out in Front of Digital Accessibility Legal Trends Controlling Your Computer with Your Eyes + Teach Access 2018 Update
11:00 What’s New in Microsoft Office 365 Create Inclusive Classrooms with Microsoft 365 Education Create Engaging and Accessible Presentations with PowerPoint and Sway
 13:20 Inclusive Hiring: People with Disabilities at Microsoft Microsoft Reading and Writing Tools: Designed for Learning Differences Xbox Gaming for Everyone
 14:20 Outside the Box: Innovation at Microsoft Seeing AI: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Augment Visual Awareness How I used Microsoft OneNote to Manage a Medical Crisis
 15:20 Accessibility Suite of Knowledge Excel 101 Tips and Tricks Inclusive Design for Deaf and Hard of Hearing using AI in a Scaleable Way
 16:20 Accessibility User Research Collective: Partnership for User Input Easily create accessible documents and communications with Office 365 Software Architecture Used in Microsoft Office for Exposing Accessible Content

There seems to considerable value for both assistive technology users and developers, with all of the major Microsoft projects covered. As well as speeches, the company is offering the enrollment in its paid research program, with remote participation options.

For attendees, the Microsoft Reception will be open from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Seaview Room. Microsoft accessibility team members will be in Booth 213, where they’ll offer product demonstrations and tips. You can find more information on the Microsoft blog.