Thoughts from Microsoft Ireland
A random collection of news and links about Microsoft Ireland by Tom Murphy
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How technology changes lives…
Last Friday we hosted the annual Enable Ireland National Assistive Technology (AT) course graduation at our building in Sandyford. It’s the fourth year we’ve hosted the ceremony and it’s a fantastic event. The course is designed, by Siobhan Long and her incredibly hard working team Enable Ireland...
12 Nov 2008
Enable Ireland-Microsoft partnership recognised as CSR best practice
This week marks the second annual Corporate Responsibility Week in Ireland, an initiative driven by Business in the Community Ireland (BITC). As part of the Corporate Responsibility week, BITC have published the fifth "Inspiring Excellence" publication, which provides case studies on Corporate...
6 Oct 2008
Microsoft releases DAISY plug-in for visual impaired computer users
Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium have announced the availability of a new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word which enables anyone to create content and documents for blind individuals. The “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Word was developed as an open source...
7 May 2008
Microsoft Announces New Accessibility Tools and Resources for Developers
Microsoft has launched a new online resource and released two new open-source accessibility testing tools for developers who want to create accessible and assistive technology products that make it easier for everyone —including people with impairments and disabilities — to see, hear and...
18 Mar 2008
Microsoft Provides Accessibility Programming Model to Industry Group
Earlier today Microsoft announced that it has committed to contribute its UI Automation specification to the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), a new engineering working group dedicated to making it easier for developers to create software, hardware and Web-based products that are accessible...
17 Jan 2008
New Industry Alliance Formed to Address Accessibility and Interoperability
A group of information and assistive technology companies today announced the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), an engineering work group dedicated to: "enabling developers to more easily create accessible software, hardware and Web products. Those solutions will reduce barriers to...
10 Dec 2007
Assistive Technology Graduation
Earlier this week we hosted this year's Enable Ireland National High-Tech Assistive Technlogy (AT) course graduation. There were over forty graduates conferred by Dr. Frank McMahon from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Senator David Norris, who was the guest of honour at the event. The...
6 Dec 2007
Changing Lives with Technology
While many things are purported to be "life changing", in reality very few things actually have that impact on a life. But I believe that Assistive Technology is one such life changing agent. The subject of this post is the headline from a report in Friday's Irish Times on the launch...
2 Dec 2007
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