In 2015, Satya Nadella updated the Microsoft mission statement to a single sentence. Our mission is to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” In 2016, Satya and Scott Guthrie looked at the directors in Visual Studio and asked how we’re honoring that mission with respect to the word ‘every’. While accessibility has always been a priority for Visual Studio, Satya wanted to know how much confidence we had in our own assessment.
Making UI is easy. Making GREAT UI can be a bit trickier. Visual Studio wants to be the best in class tool for designing good user experiences. We have been spending a lot of our time looking at the challenges you face,
As a step on the path of enabling software for all audiences and abilities, we’re happy to share a new Visual Studio extension that leverages Tenon’s HTML accessibility checker service. With this extension, we’ve made it easier for developers to detect and resolve common HTML-based user interface accessibility issues.
Microsoft as a whole is committed to making our technology accessible to everyone (see our Accessibility Mission Statement). This is true for us here in Visual Studio as well, and we work continuously to improve the accessibility of each product we release.