Microsoft 365 Insiders get Dark Mode for Word, more accessibility features

Devesh Beri

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Microsoft is releasing new accessibility features in Microsoft 365 to help users create more inclusive content. These features are designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to use Microsoft 365 apps and services and to create content that is accessible to everyone.

  • Improved keyboard shortcuts: Microsoft 365 now has improved keyboard shortcuts for users to navigate and interact with apps and services without using a mouse. These improvements are available to all Insiders.
  • Notifications pane in Outlook: The new Notifications pane in Outlook gives users the freedom to personalize their notifications and prioritize the information that matters most to them. This feature is accessible to all Insiders.
  • Profiles in Outlook for Mac: The new Profiles feature in Outlook for Mac allows users to create separate work and personal profiles, making it easier to stay focused and avoid distractions. Available to Insiders running Version 16.70 (Build 23021201) or later.
  • Dark Mode in Word: Dark Mode in Word reduces eye strain, improves text legibility, and makes the app easier to use for individuals with certain vision and cognitive disabilities.
  • Microsoft 365 ribbon for iPad: The Microsoft 365 apps for iPad now feature a redesigned ribbon with a modern and simplistic design, allowing for enhanced focus on work. This feature is currently available to iOS Insiders who have updated to Version 2.51 (Build 21070606) or later.
  • Voice input and dictation: This new feature is designed to help individuals with hand conditions, dyslexia, learning disabilities, or mobility issues to use their computers with ease. These features are now available to Beta Channel users who are running Version 2302 (Build 16107.20000) or a later version.

These features not only benefit individuals with disabilities but also enhance the overall user experience for everyone.