Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Chaos engineering enters mainstream QA, drills down to apps

Chaos engineering and fault injection sound like destroyers of software quality, but these practices align with other proactive testing techniques, such as stress testing to improve software resilience. Fault injection — a core technique in chaos engineering — is like a flight simulator for application quality assurance, where risky situations are tested in a controlled setting before deployment.

Kolton Andrus, CEO of Gremlin, a provider of failure testing tool suites in San Jose, Calif., is a former software engineer for Netflix and Amazon — he built the former’s failure injection service. Andrus offered insights on the maturity of chaos engineering and what he sees as best practices for fault injection and proactive testing.

Where is chaos engineering in terms of adoption and maturity?

Kolton Andrus: If you look at the early adopter curve, we are somewhere between early adopter and early majority. Chaos engineering is practiced by more than just the Amazons, Netflixes and the Dropboxes of the world now. Many banks, traditional commerce companies and nontech businesses are doing fault injection, for instance.

We’re seeing [chaos engineering] start to move into more of the mainstream. There’s education to do, as a lot of people still don’t really know why they should do chaos engineering and how to do it well.

What is the value of driving fault injection down to the application level?

Kolton Andrus, CEO, GremlinKolton Andrus

Andrus: The big difference between chaos engineering and standard testing is when tests happen. We [at Gremlin] think of chaos engineering as thoughtful, planned experiments in which you break specific things before they go into production in order to see what happens. It is done very deliberately and very carefully.

Specificity is critical in application-level fault injection, and [the technique] is applied by creating failures in individual requests, individual network calls or a very specific communication. [An] isolated, targeted approach on the application level [reveals] specific information that can’t be gathered at the infrastructure, container or other host environment. We want to test such specific activities, because, most of the time, not everything fails; just one specific thing fails.

For example, Amazon had a big S3 [Simple Storage Service] outage two years ago that was caused by a very specific [process], which was not proactively tested. Also, there have been many domain name service failures due to DNS attacks, all of which could have been prevented or recovered from faster if tested proactively.

The goal is to break application-level things before the application goes into production. This protects users from experiencing preventable outages or failures.

How do chaos engineers break things without causing harm to software and system environments?

Don’t run a chaos experiment at 100% the first time. It’s dangerous.
Kolton AndrusCEO of Gremlin

Andrus: First of all, be sure you can shut down the experiment, clean it up and get back to square one. Create an eject button, [as] it’s not safe to let an experiment keep going after something has gone wrong.

Always set up a blast radius. This is a cornerstone practice in chaos engineering, as it limits the damage a failed experiment can cause. Don’t run a chaos experiment at 100% the first time. It’s dangerous. Run the smallest experiment that will provide useful information, such as a test on a single user or single host or server. Even better, begin in the staging environment.

At this lower scale, it’s good to focus tests on operational configuration. For example, test how the application works when there’s an influx of traffic, how to keep dependencies controlled instead of overwhelmed and if configurations are correct.

If you do that small experiment and something breaks, you win. You’ve found something that doesn’t work right, and you’ll fix it and learn what to do if something similar happens in product. Users aren’t impacted.

The next step is to run an experiment for, say, 10 users or 10 hosts or in region. In each step, you mitigate the risk of the experiment by verifying that a smaller piece of the software and process works.

Doing experiments within a small blast radius and with an eject function creates a low-impact environment for breaking things in preproduction.

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18252 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders! Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18252 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring AND those who have opted in to Skip Ahead. Going forward, Insiders in the Fast ring and in Skip Ahead will receive the same 19H1 Insider Preview builds at the same time. As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some (Which means read the known issues below!). If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider switching to the Slow ring. Slow ring builds will continue to be higher quality. If your PC automatically takes this build before you switch your rings, you can roll-back and then switch rings.

We just returned from #MSIgnite in Orlando, one of our biggest events with around 30K attendees.  Our team absolutely loves to get on planes and meet our community in-person so being able to meet thousands of Insiders in person was a dream come true.
This year, we decided to try something different and invite two Insiders to be our special guests to speak on stage with us and participate in all of our events.

Eddie (Left) & Paul (Right).

Paul Warren is a Senior Technical Specialist at Auckland Council who has been leading the Windows 10, WIP4BIz and Office 365 ProPlus in his organization.
Eddie Leonard is a Systems Engineer Consultant at First Citizen’s Bank who has been leading the Windows 10, Windows Analytics and WIP4Biz adoption at his company. Also check out Eddie’s insights from Ignite he published to LinkedIn!

We have worked with these two wonderful humans for over two years to co-create our WIP4Biz program and many aspects of WIP. It was an honor to have them on stage to introduce the work they have shaped so much of. They were both *brilliant* throughout the conference at hero-making both their own organizations and the Insider program. They both ran around and hustled many other organizations to adopt the WIP4Biz lifestyle.
This year, also for the first time we hosted a booth alongside the #OfficeInsiders team…in our very own Microsoft Insiders section. It was wonderful to meet so many Insiders across both programs and hear about their passion for digital transformation in their organization.

What’s a conference without sessions! This year was an all-time high with FIVE sessions delivered by our team:

We also hosted a webcast featuring some special guests and our Insiders.

Our major announcements were all recorded and can be found here:

SCCM – now supports Insider rings—thank you for your feedback!
Docs are Open Source  – you’ve said you don’t just want to READ our documentation—you want to have a hand in co-creating it, so let’s do it!
Ignite: THE TOUR – if you missed us at Ignite, you can find us on the road in 17 cities starting December.
We want to hero-make YOU. If you’ve got a great story of Windows and Office Insidering in your organization, please let us know. We’re excited to come visit you and showcase you and your business on stage at next year’s Ignite.

Oh… and in between all that, we even managed to release a new build from Ignite too!

Network improvements
Enhanced settings for Ethernet: We’ve heard your feedback, and you can now use the Settings app to configure advanced Ethernet IP settings. We have added support for configuring a static IP address as well as setting a preferred DNS server. These settings were previously accessed within Control Panel, but you will now find them on the connection properties page under IP settings.

New icon for disconnected internet: First seen on Always Connected PCs, as some keen eye’d Insiders noticed, we have brought the disconnected internet icon to all devices running Windows 10. This single icon appears when there is no internet connection detected, and replaces the individual disconnected icons for Cellular, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. This new icon should help you quickly identify network problems so that you can take action to resolve them.

Ebrima font addition with ADLaM support
The Windows team is pleased to announce you can now read your ADLaM documents and webpages with the Windows Ebrima font!
ADLaMis a writing system for Pular/Fulfulde, the language of the Fulani people, predominantly residing in west Africa. In the early 1990s, two young teenager brothers, Abdoulaye and Ibrahima Barry, created this writing system. Their work became “Bindi Pulaar” and eventually “ADLaM,” ADLaM is enabling literacy and growing in use for commerce, education, and publishing across western Africa. It was added to Unicode in Unicode 9.0.
The Ebrima font also supports other African writings systems N’ko, Tifinagh, Vai and Osmanya – here’s a sample of what the font looks like:

We fixed the issue causing Task Manager to report inaccurate CPU usage.
We fixed the issue where the arrows to expand “Background processes” in Task Manager blink constantly and weirdly.
We added a microphone icon in the system tray which appears when your microphone is in use.
Pressing F4 when in Registry Editor will now place the caret at the end of the address bar, expanding the autocomplete dropdown.
We fixed an issue where when using dark mode File Explorer’s context menu had an unexpectedly thick white border in recent builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in the advanced startup pages not rendering text correctly (showing square boxes instead) in certain languages, like Thai.
We fixed the issue causing Narrator to crash when reading by line in a Command Prompt.
We fixed the issue where Narrator did not read out the Windows Security application name in Shell Notification area (Systray) and only read the recommended actions.
The corresponding Ethernet adapter name will now be listed in the sidebar under the “Ethernet” header so you can easily differentiate Ethernet entries at a glace if there’s more than one.
In RS5 we introduced extra pages to the Emoji Panel when using it in Chinese (Simplified), and based on your feedback we’re looking to expand these to more languages. After upgrading to today’s build, some Insiders may see them – more details coming later.
We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Hello not working on the login screen in the previous build (instead of logging in it would prompt you to enter a pin).

Error 0xC1900101: if your device hits this error and fails to update, rebooting and retrying the update should bypass and allow the update to proceed.
We’re investigating an issue resulting in Settings crashing when invoking actions on certain pages. This impacts multiple settings, including:

In Ease of Access, when clicking “Apply” on Make Text Bigger the Settings app will crash and the text size will not be applied.
In Windows Security, when clicking hyperlinks the Settings app will crash.

If you cannot sign in with any credential and logon fails with error 0xc000005e, rebooting your computer should resolve this.
Some users may have an issue launching Inbox Apps after updating. To resolve this please check the following thread on the Answers forum:
[ADDED] If the update succeeded but Office will not launch or services did not start, rebooting your computer should resolve the issues.
[ADDED] Entering the wrong PIN can show an error and stop further attempts from logging in again until the computer has been restarted.
[ADDED] If you are a Mixed Reality User, you might be impacted the by “Inbox Apps launching issue” mentioned above. As a workaround please un-install the Mixed Reality Portal app and re-install it from the store to get the app back to a working state.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

We are releasing new badges for 19H1 to reward our Insiders for updating their machines to the most recent Insider preview builds. This is a small token to show our appreciation and give you recognition for your impact in ensuring we deliver a quality product that our customers will love. Once you’ve met the criteria for each achievement badge, you can view it in the Feedback Hub (badges are awarded on a weekly basis).

Also, we would love to see you share each achievement, with us and your fellow Insiders, on your social accounts by using the hashtag #builds4badges.
To view your achievements, visit Feedback Hub > Profile > Achievements.
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