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Microsoft Accessibility YAMIN CHEVALLARD: So thanks, folks, for coming to this session. I think we've got a lot to cover. I'm appreciative of your time, and we are starting a little late. So I'll try to get my part done pretty quickly. And mostly what I'm here to just say is that Microsoft has a very large commitment to accessibility going forward. If you haven't heard about this, about 18 months ago we had some pretty major changes happen inside the company. We hired a VP of accessibility and you're going to see we've really aligned our products around moving into what we think of as not just accessible, but exciting to use for people who need accessibility features. So there's WCAG, and I'm going to forget the other one-- or WCAG and the other one. And there's audits, and you can hire auditors to come in and look at your software. And we've done that. And it's about as exciting as it sounds. So if you're responsible for anything around accessibility for your school, you can go and download those and say, yes, Word's accessible, Excel's accessible. And everyone goes, O=K. But that's not what we're trying to do. And hopefully some of the things Matt's going to show you today will give you an idea of where Microsoft's heading around accessibility. But I am here to talk about the corporate structure and what's happening there and how much momentum is behind accessibility. I was going to start off with a mission statement, and I'm sorry I'm blocking this for some people. But our mission statement as stated by our CEO Satya Nadella is to empower every person in every organization on the planet to achieve more. And this is a man who was born in India, came to the United States, and became the CEO of one of the largest companies on Earth and now has a daughter with accessibility needs. You can imagine how he's personally invested in this message. And I think some of the things I'm going to tell you today might help you see what the results of that investment are. He specifically makes statements at most of-- we get together for these big Microsoft meetups. They align the team around what Microsoft is trying to do every year. And for the last two years, I can tell you I've personally heard him say something to the tune of building products that our customers love, and that are accessible to everyone built for each of us. So a lot of steerage coming from the very top of Microsoft down through the organization realigning resources to make sure software is being created in an accessible fashion. This isn't to tell you what accessibility is. You probably have a good sense of what accessibility is. This is to show you that we know what accessibility is. It's really interesting, a lot of vendors get up and talk about accessibility, and they say, and here's our accessibility features and it fits on a page. The accessibility features for one of our applications can't be described in a page. And for folks who are kind of taking photos of this, this presentation will definitely be available after this. There's actually some great
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