“There’s a lot of granularity in the way I can ‘read’ a screen. I right-click an image and say, ‘OCR it,’” he explains. “Screen readers struggled in the past, but as AI evolves, things are constantly improving. If I am presenting with PowerPoint, I click a button, and it starts transcribing my words. It does a live translation. I can be German if you like!”
Over the horizon, he hopes OCR expertise will open doorways to much more inclusion. “OCR could be built into Office apps so that text in images with their format can be easily read, copied and edited by a screen reader. OCR technology could also make screen-sharing accessible to screen readers.” He would additionally like video conferencing expertise, resembling Microsoft Groups, to have the ability to acknowledge and describe to him the facial expressions and feelings of others.
Singh has simply been promoted into a brand new product supervisor position with duty for the efficiency of Microsoft cybersecurity and compliance services and products. Working carefully with business, academia, and authorities, he’s serving to to create a safer Australia.
“Microsoft Security is a holistic security platform. We have security deeply ‘baked’ into the platform: identity security, endpoint security – including mobile phones, laptops, operational technology, and Internet of Things devices, data security, and security of your apps. All your machines, whether on-premises or in the cloud, are safe – that’s data and emails. We invest more than $1 billion into cybersecurity on a yearly basis globally.”
Within the coming years, he wish to transfer into much more senior roles “It really gets me going to generate shareholder value, to give people autonomy, mastery and a strong connection with their work.”
He’s additionally conscious of his management type. “I have a very strong personal will that’s balanced with humility, empathy, and a growth mindset.”
He additionally enjoys a work-life stability constructed round his prolonged household. He met his companion, Tina, in 1999. They obtained married in 2006 and now reside in suburban Melbourne. Tina is a enterprise transformation chief on the nationwide postal service, Australia Put up. “She is also my chauffeur,” he says with a depraved chuckle. Each have mother and father and different members of the family residing close-by.
About 4 years in the past, he went by one other private transformation: He misplaced weight, obtained into form and began powerlifting.
“I had lost all the fat I wanted to lose, but I then wanted to gain muscle. I started to enjoy powerlifting a lot and seeing my strength increase. It was the measurable performance that really drew me to it,” he says.
“I absolutely love powerlifting from a tenacity perspective. We have very vibrant and full days at Microsoft. At night, I’m thinking, ‘I don’t wanna do this,’ but I always feel great afterward.”
Singh works laborious at making progress: whether or not he’s chalking up a brand new private greatest in his dwelling gymnasium or exceeding a enterprise goal within the workplace. His 10th anniversary with Microsoft is arising quickly, and searching again, his nervous first journey to Seattle looks like a lifetime in the past.
He has grown professionally, and the attitudes of others towards problems with accessibility have developed. There’s much more help, he says. “Now at each occasion I attend, there’s thought given to captioning. There’s thought given to the way to make content material extra accessible to everybody.
“If someone joins (Microsoft) today and they have special needs at work, we have a Special Accommodation Fund. The cost doesn’t even come out of your manager’s fund. There’s no burden on your immediate chain of command; there’s just a box asking what special assistance is required. It takes the trepidation out if it.”
He very a lot believes in the concept everybody advantages when designers design with individuals with disabilities in thoughts. He champions digital expertise as an “intense enabler” for inclusion and accessibility.
“At a people, process and technology level, Microsoft has made a lot of investments that have moved the dial significantly forward. And we’ll keep on pushing for more accessibility for everyone.”
TOP IMAGE: Kenny Singh lifting weights in his storage gymnasium. All pictures by Penny Stephens.