Microsoft’s Adaptive Kit to improve the accessibility of Surface devices is now available

Microsoft's Adaptive Kit to improve the accessibility of Surface devices is now available

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  • There are also miscellaneous ‘bump’ labels which consist of different colored symbols that can be applied anywhere on the Surface device, so for example a dot label could be placed next to the audio jack. Unemployed Father, Labourer Mother Unable To Save Son From Cancer. Furthermore, the Surface Adaptive Kit comes with a pair of opener supports, which as the name suggests help to make it easier to open the Surface. One is designed for the lid (with a large loop), and the other for pulling out the Surface Pro’s kickstand (using an attached lanyard or wrist strap).

  • The Surface Adaptive Kit, which aims to make Surface computers more accessible to everyone, is now available for purchase on Microsoft’s website. The package contains translucent labels for keycaps that emphasise keys visually and tactile indicators to discover them by touch, as well as other tools to make the Surface more accessible to persons with disabilities. There are also port indicators with raised textures and varied colours – as well as matching ties to put around the cable that is used with the appropriate port, which have the same texture and colour – to make plugging in peripherals to device ports easier.

The kit can be purchased direct from Microsoft’s online store and is priced at $14.99 (£14.99 in the UK, or AU$24.95 in Australia). Analysis: Microsoft has made some impressive strides forward with accessibility The Surface Adaptive Kit was announced back in September, and is a thoughtful addition to Microsoft’s range of accessories. It’s great to see that it’s now available to buy, and the various labels will doubtless come in handy for locating ports and keys with a lot more ease.

Microsoft has been pushing forward on the accessibility front for quite some time now, and commendably so, making moves in the early days of Windows 10 to introduce eye tracking functionality for example (that was back in 2017).  Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel – ‘I Know What You Did Last Supper’ – was published by Hachette UK in 2013).

A whole host of Surface devices are supported by the kit, namely the Surface Laptop 3 and 4, Surface Pro 7 and 8, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Book 3, Surface Go and Go 2 plus Go 3, and the Surface Laptop Go (but keycap labels will be a little trickier to apply with the latter and the Go Type Cover due to the smaller key sizes). And of course there’s nothing stopping you applying some of these labels to another non-Surface device (not in theory, anyway, aside from issues around things like key size perhaps).

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