Live@edu and Accessibility
October 16, 2009 2 Comments
Several Live@edu customers I have in the US have asked recently about how our program can help them conform with Section 508; part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We have some great resources that customers can reference on this front.
First of all, we have a section on our website dedicated to the many aspects of accessible computing: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/. This site provides an excellent insight into the investments we are making at a high level.
Secondly we proactively publish documents called VPATs (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template). These documents describe how the accessibility features of Microsoft products help federal agencies address the requirements of Section 508 Standards. VPATs of interest are:
- Live@edu Enrollment and Service Management Portal. This covers off on many of the tools that we provide to manage the Live@edu environment as an administrator. Quite honestly, I did not know we had completed that one… I was excited to find it.
- Exchange Server 2010. Outlook Live runs on Exchange 2010.
- Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 VPAT – a popular way to access Outlook Live mail on a PC
- Microsoft Office Entourage 2008 for Mac – a popular way to access Outlook Live mail on a Mac
- Internet Explorer 7 and 8 – a popular browser line from Microsoft that many users use to access Outlook Web Access.:
- Windows Mobile – many students now come to school and college with these great devices:
… quite a list!
… and finally, if you want a bit of an insight into the work we did on the OWA Light experience, you can watch a super video a couple of our employees recorded a while back.