Microsoft and Windows 10 Accessibility
Resolution 2015-05
Whereas, Microsoft Windows is used in the majority of work environments; and
Whereas, the soon-to-be-released Windows 10 operating system has many significant accessibility flaws that will not be corrected prior to its release; and
Whereas, since Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to consumers, there is a significant risk that many consumers will upgrade their systems unaware of Windows 10’s substantial accessibility limitations; and
Whereas, the default email client that ships with Windows 10 will not be accessible, forcing users to either purchase Microsoft Outlook as Microsoft suggests or obtain a third-party email client for their use; and
Whereas, the default PDF reader built into Windows 10 will not be accessible; and
Whereas, the new flagship browser, Edge, will not be fully accessible for consumers, forcing them to change settings upon upgrade to use Internet Explorer, thus complicating the upgrade experience for many users;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2015, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas, that this organization express its profound disappointment with Microsoft’s lack of commitment to ensure that all of Microsoft Windows 10 is accessible upon its initial release; and
Be it further resolved that ACB strongly encourage Microsoft to re-evaluate its core business and engineering practices to ensure that accessibility will be built in during the development cycle and not as an afterthought subsequent to the product's release; and
Be it further resolved that ACB insist that Microsoft provide free versions of Microsoft Outlook so as to ensure the availability of a fully accessible email client.
Ray Campbell, Secretary