Re: Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.

Rajmund <brajmund2000@...>

if NVDA goes, so am I. instead of paying for JAWS, I'll pay for a Mac LOL.

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On 15/05/17 7:17 PM, Gerald Levy wrote:

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.


*From:* Gene <>
*Sent:* Monday, May 15, 2017 1:37 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.

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.

---- Original Message -----
*From:* Gerald Levy <>
*Sent:* Monday, May 15, 2017 12:06 PM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.

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.


*From:* Carlos <>
*Sent:* Monday, May 15, 2017 11:22 AM
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [TechTalk] Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.

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.

----- Original Message -----
*From:* Armando Maldonado <>
*To:* <>
*Sent:* Monday, May 15, 2017 11:14 AM
*Subject:* [TechTalk] Very sad news for Window-Eyes Users.

For those who use window-eyes as a screen reader, I have something
to share. This was an official announcement I received via email.
"Thank you for being a valued member of the GW Micro and Window-Eyes
We regret to announce that sales of Window-Eyes have ended in the
States and Canada. Users outside of the United States and Canada should
contact their local distributor for options. We are committed to our
customers and will honor existing product purchases and software
agreements, and we will continue to provide technical support to end
that have purchased Window-Eyes or a support package.

All users who are currently using Window-Eyes can continue to use the
software indefinitely; however, as the Windows® operating system and/or
applications change over time, Window-Eyes may not function
adequately for
your needs.

We understand how important a screen reader is to you and are
offering JAWS®
for Windows 18 as a replacement. We are committed to providing a smooth
transition and will honor existing Window-Eyes product purchases and
software maintenance agreements (SMA), as follows.
. End users that paid for and are current with Window-Eyes 9.x will be
converted to JAWS 18 at no charge.
. If you are using an earlier version of Window-Eyes, you can
purchase an
upgrade to JAWS 18.
. If you are using the free version of Window-Eyes you can continue
to use
it. While there is not an upgrade path from the free version, if you
interested in purchasing JAWS, please contact our sales team at
. Existing Window-Eyes SMAs will be rolled into the JAWS SMA program
for end
users that migrate to JAWS.
Learn more about the migration options and pricing by visiting

To make this process as easy as possible, we ask you to complete a
web form that will go directly to our sales team, who will then
contact you
with an authorization code for JAWS 18, or request additional
information if

Requests for upgrades must be submitted at or by phone at
by July 31, 2017.

Note, the free Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office
version is
not part of the conversion program.

If you have any questions please call us at 800-444-4443 or email us at"


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