Michael Bernstein, a development lead on the User Interface Platform team for Microsoft Windows has written a detailed article: Accessibility In Windows 7. He describes four areas of improved accessibility in Windows 7, which will be the successor to Windows Vista.:
- The Windows Automation API provides more and clearer ways for applications to communicate with adaptive technology software. This means more features should be accessible out of the box. It is available to programmers in C++ and .Net. This system replaces but is designed to be compatible with the older Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA).
- There are enhancements to the Windows access tools: an improved On-Screen Keyboard (with word prediction) and Magnifier (now with modes for Full Screen and Lens magnification).
- There are new software checking tools for programmers: AccChecker and UIA Verify,
which have been released as open-source.
- Accessibility engineers now monitor new Windows features for “accessibility risk”. The goal is to identify and fix emerging problems, so that Windows itself doesn’t create accessibility barriers.