moderated Re: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS + additional questions

Van Lant, Robin

  1. Zoom is a web conference  application for meetings.  The company is Zoom.
  2. Teams is a Microsoft application for collaboration.  I know it’s used within organizations for meetings and also general collaboration for ongoing projects.   I suspect it’s Microsoft’s version of Zoom, with additional features, but I’m not fully sure.
  3. Google offers Hangouts, which allows for video meetings.   I just started using this and it seems more like a way to have a conversation with multiple people. I don’t think of it as a tool businesses would use to present a slideshow, but I’m still new.  Maybe the thing you are talking about is more for that.  Hangouts and the link you shared are both associated with Google, not Microsoft or Zoom.   When I go to the link you sent, it appears that Google Meet is Google’s version of Zoom.  I haven’t seen any talk on this list about this particular Google product, but others definitely talk about Google docs, Chrome, Hangouts and such, so I’m optimistic that Google Meet would be accessible.  If you run into trouble with it and if you have a smart phone, get the Be My Eyes app and, from within that app, you can get a direct link to someone in Google Accessibility for help getting oriented to the new tool.


We all empathize.  This is a crazy learning curve we are all on to adjust to working remotely. 




Teams is Microsoft’s collaboration program. 


From: <> On Behalf Of Marilyn Bland
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS + additional questions


Good morning all,


I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the on-line things that are now being used. My employer is using for meetings and collaboration. I know this is different from Zoom, but is it also different fromTeams? Are there others on the list using Google Meets? Is Hangouts the same as any of these?  Please clarify and give me some good places to learn how to use Google Meets.


Many thanks.





From: [] On Behalf Of Delaunay Christophe
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS


Hi Sameer,


I’m hardly using Teams for three weeks now on a laptop running Windows 10 with jaws 2020 latest update because this is my employer’s recommended tool for remote working.


This app is globally accessible except for defining a “contact group” in the “Chat” tab, “Contacts” subtab.


In order to learn how to use it, I started from this web page:


I did not install any Jaws script yet but if there are some, I’d also like to know.


Hope this helps. Have a nice day. Chris D


From: <> On Behalf Of Sameer via
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 4:36 PM
To: JFW Group <>
Subject: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS


Dear List Friends,


Is Microsoft Teams accessible with JAWS or do we need to install additional JAWS scrips to make it accessible? If we need to install additional JAWS scrips, kindly inform me where I can get these scrips.


Also, request you to kindly point me to a source for keystrokes to be used with Microsoft Teams. I am using the latest version of JAWS 2020 on a Windows 10 machine.


Thanking all in advance for any & all assistance.



Mr. Sameer Latey
Mumbai, India

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