Microsoft Outlook Accessibility Collaboration

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Waverly on Thursday November, 17.



  • Hadi Rangin, IT Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington
  • David Gorelik, Program Manager Outlook, Microsoft

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


An international team of accessibility experts and Microsoft’s Outlook team has begun collaborating to identify accessibility/usability issues and potential solutions. We will discuss the collaborative process used in accessibility testing and evaluation and provide real-world examples.


Microsoft’s Outlook team recently began collaboration with a group of international accessibility experts on improving the accessibility/usability of Outlook for the Windows and Mac platforms. In this collaboration model, accessibility experts and users with disabilities work with Microsoft’s program managers and engineering teams to identify accessibility/usability issues and discuss potential solutions. The ultimate goal is to ensure the discussion of accessibility/usability design and implementation techniques are included at every stage of product development. In this session we will discuss the collaborative process we are utilizing in accessibility/usability testing, recording the findings and how we are collaboratively working together to resolve challenges. We will also demonstrate the latest version Outlook Desktop Client and introduce selected accessibility features Lastly, you will learn how to join this collaboration effort and shape the accessibility of MS Office tools.


  1. Learn about Microsoft Collaboration Group and how you can get involved.
  2. Learn about the methodology we used for accessibility testing & evaluation.
  3. See selected accessibility features in action

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Hadi Rangin

David Gorelik