What’s new in Microsoft Office 365 and how can it help create accessible content and personalize learning experiences

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Presented at 4:00pm in WB II on Thursday, November 17, 2016.



  • Malavika Rewari, Senior Product Manager, Office 365 Marketing, Microsoft
  • Ailsa Leen, , Microsoft
  • David Gorelik, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Peter Frem, Program Manager, Microsoft

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


The Microsoft Office 365 team will present how accessibility is being enhanced in applications such as OneNote, Skype, Word and Outlook that can be leveraged for free by students and teachers to create inclusive learning experiences on campuses.


Every day, on campuses around the world, students and teachers use Microsoft Office 365 applications such as OneNote, Outlook and Skype to collaborate, communicate, create, and consume content. This session, presented by Product Managers from Microsoft, will showcase how Microsoft Office 365 applications are being enhanced in line with inclusive design principles and can be leveraged for free to create more accessible classroom environments. Details will be shared about current and planned capabilities in Office 365 applications on various platforms that can help teachers ensure that learning materials are accessible to students of all abilities and enable students to interact with content in their preferred way: with a screen reader, with speech input, without audio, without a mouse, in immersive reading modes or in High Contrast modes. Demonstrations will be shown of several new capabilities: Learning Tools in OneNote, Accessibility Checker in Sway, Meeting Scheduling with Narrator in Outlook for PCs and Export as tagged PDF from Word for Mac. Finally, links will be shared to tools and trainings from Microsoft that are freely available to students and teachers.


  1. How accessibility in Microsoft Office 365 is being enhanced to ensure ease of use for people of all abilities
  2. How Office 365 can be leveraged to create accessible content and personalize learning experiences
  3. Where free Microsoft technologies, trainings and support are available for education institutions

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology

Speaker Bio(s)

Malavika Rewari

Ms. Rewari is a Senior Product Marketing Manager who shapes and evangelizes the work Microsoft is doing to enhance the accessibility of Office 365. She is passionate about enabling productivity and digital inclusion for people of all abilities, and shares details about technologies that can help with this on Microsoft.com/Accessibility/Office. With degrees in Engineering from National University of Singapore and Business and Design from Kellogg School of Management, she offers expertise to help the Microsoft Office Product Group create feasible, viable and desirable technologies. Connect with Malavika to learn about creating accessible classroom content and inclusive, engaging presentations with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Sway.

Ailsa Leen

Ailsa Leen leads the efforts to make Microsoft OneNote more usable and accessible for everyone. Her focus is to ensure that the digital note-taking experience is intuitive and consistent for all users, on the devices of their choice.

David Gorelik

David Gorelik leads the Accessibility efforts for the Microsoft Outlook Engineering team. His focus is to ensure that mail, calendar, sites and file sync and share experiences are being built in line with inclusive design principles.

Peter Frem

Peter Frem leads the Accessibility efforts for the Microsoft Office Engineering team. His focus is to ensure that document, presentation and spreadsheet experiences are being built in line with inclusive design principles.


Video Note

(note: slides do not appear on video until about 5:15 minutes)