moderated Re: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS + additional questions

Robin Frost


I'm not David but perhaps he meant to write

I tried it first before posting and it worked.

Take good care.


On 4/19/2020 7:41 AM, george b wrote:

Your team subscribe email below does not work

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From: <> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: April 19, 2020 3:22
Subject: Re: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS + additional questions

Hi. I regularly use both Teams as well as Slack for work. Both are
accessible but, of the two, Teams is most definitely way ahead of Slack when
it comes to screen reader support. Teams does have its quirks and does need
some improvement but it's overall quite usable.

If you're interested I run two lists, one for users of Teams and another for
users of Slack. At the moment they are very low traffic.

Feel free to subscribe to both or one of them as your needs dictate and as
your time allows. I would respectfully ask that any questions related to
these programs not be sent to me privately as I may not have the time to
respond in a timely manner and I am not an expert in all aspects of these

Here are the email addresses for subscribing.

For users of Slack:

For Users of Teams

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist JAWS Certified, 2019

On 4/14/2020 10:58 AM, Ekstrand, Pamela A. -ND wrote:
 From what I understand, Teams is Microsoft's replacement for Skype for
My company also uses Slack heavily.  I am managing with it, but am still
not very proficient with certain aspects of it.

From: [] on behalf of Van Lant, 
Robin via [Robin_Van_Lant@...]
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2020 6:52 PM
Subject: Re: Using Microsoft Teams with JAWS + additional questions

   1.  Zoom is a web conference  application for meetings.  The company is
   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 
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
Many thanks.


[] 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

<<>> On Behalf Of Sameer 
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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