[access-uk] Re: Apple Vs Microsoft

Hmm. 
Dave, You wrote:
Microsoft could easily purchase Freedom Scientific and incorporate JAWS into
windows, and get it working better.
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Not looking for an argument Dave, but didn't you say Microsoft messed
everything up? So maybe they'd just make Jaws really awful to use. And
perhaps if they did incorporate Jaws onto Windows, might'n they be sued and
forced to sell it off again?
Peter





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From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Ankers, Dave (UK)
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 2:54 PM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Apple Vs Microsoft

Jackie,

The fact is as blind people, we need computers, unfortunately they are still
very much in the development stage, especially with regard to access
technology.  What rats me off is the likes of Microsoft, who make billions
and don't make their systems accessible to all.  .  Instead, we have to pay
through the nose for it.
So if a company like Apple build a system with screen reading and voice
recognition fully incorporated, that's who I'll be spending my money with.
Lets also not forget, screen reading and voice recognition can also prove
very useful for fully sighted users too.  I myself, have only been loosing
my sight for the last eight years, and it would have been so much easier to
have been able to turn the accessibility features on in a system already
equipped, than have to purchase it all separately.  It would certainly have
lessened the stress, cost and difficulties encountered trying to install
accessibility software on a business machine.

Dave

Hi all,

Following on from a previous thread,  comparing products from Apple and
Microsoft.  Apple products while being more expensive and not as popular,
seem to win favour with its customers because they are easy to use and work.
Microsoft's products are cheaper initially, not particularly easy to use,
and break down constantly.  When shutting down a windows system, you can
never rely on it to restart properly, I find it very unstable, especially
when JAWS, J-SAY and Dragon naturally speaking are running.
As for ease of use, Windows word is infuriating to use, even by sighted
users.
As I said Microsoft products are cheaper initially, only initially because
if you add on all the time spent and when its company time its damn
expensive, fixing bugs, viruses and software incompatibility, which is no
wonder considering how much Microsoft charge software manufacturers for
testing, which is why most don't bother.
Personally I've had it with Microsoft, and I'm waiting for Apple to produce
a system equipped with screen reading and voice recognition.
The software used could come from Freedom scientific, T&T, Nuance or anyone,
I don't care as long as it is fully incorporated and works.  Why fully
incorporated? simple, because then when an update is released, it will
hopefully have been fully tested.
Currently when say JAWS releases an update, we have to wait for J-SAY and
Dragon to catch up. and then there are problems.  Problems I don't need, and
from Apples reputation for quality, reliability and ease of use, that's what
I'm looking for.  When it finally arrives, Bill Gates can take his products
and shove them, well you know where!

Dave

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