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Re: Window Eyes for Free!


From: Dave Merrill
Date: Jan 15, 2014 4:33AM

Do I understand correctly that this version of Window-Eyes works with
Windows itself and other programs, not just the ones in Office? The only
link to Office is that an Office 2010 or later license is required?

Does anyone have any quick thoughts on Window-Eyes vs NVDA?

Dave Merrill

On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM, Lucy Greco < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Wow is write I wonder if it carries through to our block ms purchases
> Lucia Greco
> Web Access Analyst
> IST-Campus Technology Services
> University of California, Berkeley
> (510) 289-6008 skype: lucia1-greco
> http://webaccess.berkeley.edu
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jim Allan
> Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:33 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: [WebAIM] Window Eyes for Free!
> Wow.
> http://www.gwmicro.com/News_&;_Events/Latest_News/?newsNo=299
> Jan-14-2014
> Fort Wayne, Indiana (January 14, 2014) - GW Micro, Inc. (www.gwmicro.com)
> is proud to make a revolutionary announcement. GW Micro and Microsoft
> Corp.
> have partnered to make Window-Eyes available to users of Microsoft Office
> at no cost. Window-Eyes is a screen reader that enables people who are
> blind, visually impaired, or print disabled to have full access to Windows
> PCs and makes the computer accessible via speech and/or Braille.
> To better deliver Window-Eyes to the people who need it most, GW Micro and
> Microsoft have collaborated on this global initiative, available in over
> 15
> languages, to enable anyone using Microsoft Office 2010 or later to also
> use Window-Eyes for free. Access to technology is critical to people who
> are blind or visually impaired in order to have the same opportunity to
> compete in the workplace. As such, this initiative between GW Micro and
> Microsoft has the potential to reduce barriers for millions of people who
> are blind or visually impaired around the world.
> As the population ages, technologies like Window-Eyes will become more and
> more important as the number of people with age-related macular
> degeneration and other retinal degenerative diseases increases. "This
> significant change in the way we are doing business reflects the changing
> perception of accessibility and also technology in general. Rather than
> wait for the world to change, Microsoft and GW Micro are leading the way,"
> said Dan Weirich, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GW Micro.
> Weirich
> believes this technology can help millions of people gain access to their
> PC, and that providing it free of charge will open a whole new world of
> assistive technology to many people.
> In light of the rapidly changing face of technology and specifically, the
> changing face of assistive technology, the combined efforts of GW Micro
> and
> Microsoft have the goal of providing accessibility to people who are blind
> and visually impaired for the long term.
> Microsoft continues to take accessibility seriously. "By partnering with
> GW Micro in this endeavor we are demonstrating Microsoft's ongoing
> commitment to provide all of our customers with the technology and tools
> to
> help each person be productive in both their work and personal lives."
> said
> Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft.
> Eligible customers, using Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, will be able to
> download a full version of Window-Eyes starting today at
> www.WindowEyesForOffice.com. The website provides download instructions
> as
> well as additional details about this offer.
> GW Micro, Inc. (www.gwmicro.com) has been a trusted pioneer in the
> adaptive
> technology industry since 1990, and continues to lead with innovative,
> customer driven solutions.
> Contact:
> Dan Weirich, VP of Sales and Marketing
> (260) 489-3671
> --
> Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator & Webmaster
> Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
> 1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
> voice 512.206.9315 fax: 512.206.9264 http://www.tsbvi.edu/
> "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964
> > > > > > >

Dave Merrill