Free Office extra for the blind and visually impaired

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Screen reader software now available for Office 2010 and Office 2013 users.

Microsoft has done a deal with GW Micro to make their Window-Eyes software available free to licensed users of Office 2010 or Office 2013. Details of the offer are at

Window-Eyes is screen reader software for the blind and visually impaired. It will speak what’s on the screen in 17 languages, if you count ‘English’ and ‘British’ as separate languages as the offer web site does . There’s extra cost for Arabic and/or Hebrew speech synthesizers.

Under this new arrangement, you can download (from the special site) and install Window-Eyes onto a machine with a licensed copy of Office 2010 or Office 2013 software. There’s nothing to pay. As long as the Office software is licensed or within a trial period, the Window-Eyes software will also work.

As you’d expect there are limitations, as set out in the FAQ.

Windows-Eyes product manuals are available from here.

Only Office 2010 and Office 2013 (standard or subscription).are included in the offer. Earlier versions of Office and all Office for Mac versions are excluded. Office Web Apps, Office on demand or Office 2010 Starter don’t qualify you for the offer. There’s no support for Office RT or Windows RT.

There is NO stated end date for this arrangement. If you think you might need Windows-Eyes with Office, probably best to get it before the companies change their minds.

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