Microsoft Announces Free Screen Reader Software To Help Visually Disabled Microsoft Office Users

Microsoft today announced their partnership with GW Micro to provide people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional and free license of GW Micro’s Window-Eyes screen reader. If you own a licensed version of Office 2010 or later, Microsoft gives you the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs, free of charge.

At Microsoft we are committed to provide everyone access to our technology. A fundamental consideration during product design, development and testing of Office is the level of accessibility of our applications. The Office team works closely with a variety of groups to improve the accessibility of our software including standards bodies, regulators, advocacy groups and an ecosystem of assistive technology (AT) vendors including the Narrator team in Microsoft. Our goal of this work is to provide our customers with solutions that give them choice, meets a variety of accessibility needs and is delivered at an affordable price.

By partnering with GW Micro we are able to improve access to the Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Whether people want to use Office at home, school or work they now have more flexibility and an improved opportunity to take advantage of our latest software innovations.

You can read about the whole process to qualify for the free software download at

Source: Office blog