Thursday, December 15, 2011

New free add-ins boost accessibility for Office 2010

Microsoft wants to make sure customers of all abilities can use Microsoft Office to get their work done. Last spring we released beta versions of two Office add-ins that make working with Office docs easier for people with hearing and print disabilities. We received lots of helpful feedback from people in the accessibility community, and made significant changes and improvements to them.

Today, we're happy to announce that STAMP and Save as DAISY Word 2010 are out of beta and ready for everyone to use!

Subtitling Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) lets you add closed captions to the video and audio files in PowerPoint presentations, which means people with hearing disabilities can more fully experience and understand them.

Save as DAISY for Office 2010 builds upon our partnership with the DAISY Consortium. This add-in lets Microsoft Word users convert Word Open XML files to the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) format. Don't worry if you can't remember what the acronyms stand for. What matters is that Save as Daisy powers digital talking books and compatible software, and braille readers for those with print disabilities.

This version supports Office 2003, 2007 and 2010, and works in all the languages Office currently supports around the world.

Read more and downloads at: Office Blogs

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