The screen reader wars – My take

The screen reader wars my take.

With the  announcement  of GwMicro   making Window-eyes   free to users of Microsoft 2010/2013 as well as anyone with an office 365 account the blind community  has never had so much choice when it comes to screen reader access.  

As far as I’m concerned this is the end of JAWS once and for all. Paying $1500 to access ones computer is simply absurd.

I personally think the Mac is the way to go. But if you need to use Windows for business/education NVDA is the screen reader to go with. Here’s just some of the reasons:

  1. It’s free.  none of the other solutions are free. For  Window-eyes  you need a copy of Microsoft  2010/2013 or the aforementioned 365 account.
  2. It’s updated constantly.
  3. It’s portable. Something that can’t be said of both JAWS or Window-eyes.

I’d like to point you to the following article:linkedin – My Thoughts on GW Micro

In the article the author    says that  NVDA is only fit for basic use. This is far from the truth NVDA has excellent support for the open office standard, works brilliantly with firefox and is specially important to those who are in education.

He does have a point when it comes to the business market however. N V Access needs to address this  short coming for their corporate users.

The summary is that NVDA is still the best and only truly free screen reader making a difference at the moment.

It will be interesting to see what Freedom Scienttific do with JAWS.

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