Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is currently the world’s most popular family of operating systems running on most of the world’s desktop and laptop computers. The most recent version of the OS includes Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

All recent versions of Windows contain many accessibility features, although there have been notable improvements to Windows accessibility with the introduction of touch-screen functionality in Windows 8.1 and further improvements to the user interface and digital assistant support in Windows 10.

If you are still using an older version of the operating system such as Windows XP, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to a more recent version of Windows to take advantage of the significant accessibility improvements, provided that your assistive technology supports the new version.

To view information relating to the accessibility features in Windows, follow the links to your version:

  • Windows 10: an overview of the additional accessibility features and upgrade advice for Windows 10 Home and Pro
  • Windows 8.1: an overview of the additional accessibility improvements available in Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7, Vista and XP: a comprehensive list of accessibility features in Windows 7, Vista and XP

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