[access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for Office / Word

  • From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:15:40 -0000

Hi,

This is correct, because Eloquence in K1000 is SAPI and not a direct driver.
Much more sluggish though.

All the best

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Jackie Brown
Sent: 07 February 2014 13:52
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for Office /
Word

Hi

I thought it was if you have K1000 on your system that Eloquence could be
installed in this current Window-Eyes and Microsoft deal.


Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
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Skype: Thejackmate

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Alex Stone
Sent: 07 February 2014 13:46
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for Office /
Word

No you don't, I'm usin g it as we speak, but that could be because I've got
Jaws on my system..
Cheers
Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Griffiths, Steve
Sent: 07 February 2014 13:40
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for Office /
Word

I also thought you had to pay for Eloquence if you wanted it to work with
the free Window-Eyes, but I seem to have got it for free.  It would be good
to hear if others can do the same.

I should point out that I have Eloquence linked to JAWS on my computer, but
I had tried to activate it for Window-Eyes and failed before I did the
following. 

Within Window-Eyes, I opened the Help menu and chose "Get more voices". That
took me to the GW Micro site. The first button on the webpage let me
download an authorisation file that I installed and I was then able to go to
the synth page of Window-Eyes settings, choose Eloquence and then activate
it. 

Even if you can't use Eloquence, that page allows you to download the
English Microsoft Speech Platform voice, Hazel, which I prefer to the Zira
voice that ships with the free Window-Eyes.

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Ibrahim Gucukoglu
Sent: 07 February 2014 12:55
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for Office /
Word

Hi James.

Eloquence is a speech synthesizer, not a screen reader.  The prices are £25
for Eloquence if you want to add it, and £15 for dectalk access 32 which
also comes with window-eyes.  Both synthesisers are included in the retail
version while if you use the Office offer version, the free synthesizers
ESpeak and Microsoft Speech are provided at no charge.

All the best, Ibrahim.

-----Original Message-----
From: James English
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 12:29 PM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for Office /
Word

Winwow eyes =free
Elequence =about £40
Jaws =£800
Let's think.

-James

On 2/7/14, Ibrahim Gucukoglu <ibrahim_gucukoglu@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Shaun.
>
> I suggest you take another look at the www.windoweyesforoffice.com 
> website, there is a frequently asked questions section which explains 
> how technical support can be obtained and the extra revenue generated 
> from additional voice purchases also helps.  There will be no 
> difference in the standard of support you will receive from gW, you 
> will be treated just like a customer who has the full retail edition 
> of Window-Eyes if you buy the support packages.
>
> All the best, Ibrahim.
>
> From: Shaun O'Connor
> Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 7:10 PM
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: Microsoft endorsed Free Screen Reader for 
> Office / Word
>
> sounds promising, yes but i have to admit some skeptisim with regard 
> to anything Microsdfot gets theirn handson these days.
> MS usually collaborate for two specific reasons
> 1) the suddenly free software( in this case windowseyes) may well be 
> short lived and nave no customer support ( this happened to a product 
> called Truepaint or something similar. the package had no customer 
> support and the company folded) 2( the only people who are likely to 
> benefit are Microsoft. not the end users or the company with whom MS 
> collaborate.
>
> Having said that I am not saying the everythim MS does is bad, they 
> have got  a few good points but the above caveats are worth bearing in 
> mind.
>
> On 06/02/2014 18:09, Zac Anderman wrote:
>
>   Wow!
>
>
>   Has everyone seen this?
>
>
>   I object to having to pay hundreds of pounds just to use my computer. 
> This
> sounds really promising.
>
>
>   www.windoweyesforoffice.com
>
>
>   It's a totally free copy of WindowEyes that's available for anyone 
> who has Microsoft Office.
>
>
>   From their website:
>   GW Micro, in collaboration with Microsoft, is excited to provide people
> who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely
> functional and free license of GW Micro's Window-Eyes screen reader.
> Microsoft is offering customers who have a licensed version of Office 2010
> or later the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows
> PCs, free of charge.
>
>
>   Regards,
>
>   Zac
>
>
>
>
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