Re: Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.
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Hi to All,
Why is everyone so against Freedom Scientific? They seem to be doing what every other company in the world is doing. Microsoft buys out other companies.
Apple buys out other companies. They cannot give out their product for free if they want to stay in business. Just like Microsoft now charges about $8 a month if you want Office 365. If you buy a Jaws SMA for Jaws it is about $125 for two years or about $62.50 a year, which is about $5.20 a month. So it is cheaper than Office 365 a month. So I know you have the initial cost to purchase Jaws. But doesn’t all assistive software and hardware more costly for blind users? Now again you do not have to purchase Jaws as NDVA is free. So why put down FS for trying to make a living like all companies need to do. Now this is my own opinion but if Microsoft gets Narrator to work as well as Voice Over on Apple devices you would not need to have another screen reader. On my Apple products using Voice Over I can do anything a sighted person can do. So if MS gets Narrator working that well on the MS platforms that would be fantastic in my book. Then we would all be free of having some type of screen reader. Now don’t get me wrong Voice Over on Apple devices is not perfect in every way but is pretty good in my book.
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.
This is all well and good. But what’s to prevent VFO from going after NVDA? They apparently have deep pocket, so what’s to prevent them from making the developers of NVDA an attractive financial offer they simply couldn’t refuse?? Money talks, and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the developers of NVDA would sell out to VFO for the right price. And once VFO acquired NVDA, they could phase it out just like with Window Eyes, and force its users to migrate to JAWS. VFO would then have a virtual monopoly in the commercial screen reader market, and blind consumers would be stuck between a rock and a hard place. But what about System Access, you say? Well, System Access has never really been a serious player in the commercial screen readermarket anyway, and Serotek has never really recovered from the loss of Mike Calvo and all those other techies who abruptly resigned from the company.
They didn't get the last laugh. NVDA will meet a lot of peoples' needs just as well as Window-eyes. They will have to learn a new screen-reader but they will if they switch to JAWS as well. And a lot of people are already leaving JAWS to use NVDA. Many free Window-eyes users, perhaps most, will do the same.
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A lot of JAWS users, fed up with the expense of upgrading their SMA’s every year, switched to the free version of Window Eyes, hoping to stick it to Freedom Scientific. But VFO, FS’s parent company ultimately got the last laugh, because all those free Window Eyes users will now either have to pay big time to Switch back to JAWS 18 or else switch to NVDA. And whatever happened to System Access? Does anyone still use it? You don’t hear much about it anymore.
At least they're offering the conversion to JAWS 18 for free. Although this is not going to help those who are using the free Office edition.