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Re: Window Eyes for Free!


From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Jan 15, 2014 7:24AM

If you follow the link from the press release to http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/ it says that they are offering "a completely functional* and free license". The asterisk indicates there is an additional fee for Arabic or Hebrew speech. See the FAQ page of that site, http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/FAQ/, for other things you don't get, such as support calls. Support could be a big issue for many.

Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108

-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Dave Merrill
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:33 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Window Eyes for Free!

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 <EMAIL REMOVED>
> (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
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Dave Merrill