Microsoft Offering New Tool for the Visually Impaired

Microsoft and GW Micro have just announced a partnership that will bring a new reading tool to Microsoft Office. The tool, called Window-Eyes, takes words that appear in your Office apps and reads them aloud–a useful feature for blind or low-vision users. Better yet, it’s free for anyone with Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, and works with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. You can download it here.

In a press release, GW Micro says, “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.”

For more information, read the GW Micro press release here and Microsoft’s here.

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