[tabi] FW: GW Micro Announces Global Window-Eyes Initiative for users of Microsoft Office

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:12:43 -0500

Hi all,


This seems to be an announcement from Microsoft and GW Micro, saying that 
Microsoft will provide a free copy of Window-Eyes to anyone who purchases a 
copy of MS Office 2010 or later.  I have no idea why they’re doing this, but 
it’s certainly good news for blind users of Windows:




From: gw-news@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gw-news@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 1:45 PM
To: gw-news@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: GW Micro Announces Global Window-Eyes Initiative for users of 
Microsoft Office





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.


Dan Weirich, VP of Sales and Marketing
(260) 489-3671


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