The new beta version of GW Micro's product, Window-Eyes, was released on Monday October 22. Window-Eyes is one of the leading screen readers that users with visual impairments use to produce an auditory version of the information on the computer screen.
New Window-Eyes 8.0 features:
- Application now runs in Windows Safe Mode, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
- Support for JAVA applications such as OpenOffice
- Remote assistance features
- Improved support for Outlook 2007 and 2010
- Performance enhancements
- New keyboard layout
Internet Enhancements include:
Support for Internet Explorer 10 - Window-Eyes 8.0 Beta 1 includes full support for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 as well as both the desktop and modern apps in Windows 8
WAI-ARIA for rich internet applications is now supported outside of Browse Mode in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox
Updated Tab Handling - To improve general website navigation, presses of the Tab and Shift-Tab keys are now passed directly to the underlying browser. Therefore, any dynamic web applications which use ARIA controls or that specify a custom Tab order will now work seamlessly when you are in or out of Browse Mode.
Automatic Form Interaction - there is now an option to automatically turn Browse Mode off whenever a form element is reached via the Tab or Shift-Tab keys. Note that you can always re-enable Browse Mode by pressing Control-Shift-A or, new in Window-Eyes 8.0 Beta 1, with the Escape key. It is important to remember that the automatic toggling of Browse Mode only applies when you are Tabbing through websites. Navigating by any other means (such as with the Arrows or dedicated Browse Mode element keys) will leave you in browse Mode as they always have.
The expand and collapse state of drop down boxes are now announced
HTML message boxes are now being read in Firefox 4 and newer