Guess What? Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1 with Internet Explorer 7 and Skype

Oct-12-2006

Disclaimer

The following message includes information regarding Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1. Please note that Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1 HAS NOT been released at this time. We are, however, providing you with some small glimpses into the features that Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1 will contain. We are currently not answering any questions regarding the functionality of the beta. The only things we're going to talk about will be what we have included in our new Guess What series, which will continue daily up to the beta release date, October 16, 2006. We will answer all questions at that time. Please be patient; you will be rewarded.

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Enjoy!

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Welcome to GW Micro's "Guess What?" series, an introductory look at the upcoming release of Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1.

We’ll be covering a new feature in Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1 every day until its release, so stop by our web site daily (www.gwmicro.com/beta) to make sure you don't miss any of the exciting new features.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at Internet Explorer 7, and some enhancements to Window-Eyes support for the popular voice chat software Skype.

Internet Explorer 7 is Microsoft’s latest release of their popular web browser, and boasts the popular feature of tabbed browsing, along with several security enhancements, built-in RSS management, and some performance enhancements specifically geared toward Window-Eyes and Browse Mode.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these features. I’m going to launch Internet Explorer 7 now.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

As you can hear, Window-Eyes Browse Mode kicks in automatically when Internet Explorer 7 is opened, just like it does in Internet Explorer 6.

If you’re familiar with tabbed browsing in Firefox, you’ll be right at home with the tab features of Internet Explorer 7. I’m going to press CTRL-T to open up a new, blank tab.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

I’m placed in the address edit box where I can type the web address of the page I want to open in the new tab. I’m going to enter Google’s web address, and press ENTER.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Window-Eyes loads the page into the Browse Mode buffer, just like the page was opened in its own window. Using the CTRL-# hot keys, I can move back and forth between the open tabs. I’m going to press CTRL-1 to get back to my first tab, the GW Micro web page.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Now I’m going to press CTRL-2 to select the tab containing Google’s web page.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Internet Explorer 7 includes a quick way to view a list of all open tabs called Quick Tabs. I’m going to open up Quick Tabs with CTRL-Q.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

I can now arrow between the tabs that I have open, and press ENTER on the one I want to view.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Internet Explorer 7 also provides security alerts for suspicious activity. Sites flagged as phishing web sites, and sites that use special characters in their domain names, could be harmful, so Internet Explorer 7 warns if you visit these types of web pages. You will also be notified when you visit a secure site whose credentials do not match the site’s security certificate.

Phishing websites (that’s p h i s h i n g) try to trick you into providing confidential information using various scams, such as mimicking well known web sites. Let’s listen to what Internet Explorer 7 says when a phishing site is accessed.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

You can hear any security warning again by pressing the Speak Summary hot key (CTRL-SHIFT-S by default) or the Status Line hot key (CTRL-INS-S by default).

<Window-Eyes Speech>

RSS feeds have become a popular way to distribute anything from news headlines to podcast audio files. When a web page contains RSS feeds, Internet Explorer 7 provides a way of viewing all available feeds simply by pressing ALT-J. The GW Micro web page has several feeds that help demonstrate this feature.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Thanks to a close partnership between GW Micro and Microsoft, Browse Mode performance has been increased across the board in all supported versions of Internet Explorer. In addition, Microsoft has boosted Internet Explorer 7 performance substantially, and Window-Eyes happily takes advantage of this speed increase.

After reading through several GW-Info email messages this morning, regarding the functionality of Skype with Window-Eyes, I thought now would be a good time to talk about one of the new enhancements of Window-Eyes 6.0 that doesn’t have to do with a Microsoft product. I’m talking, of course, about Skype.

Although Window-Eyes support for Skype currently allows for decent functionality of the voice chat client, we wanted to do more to make it an even better experience.

I’m running the latest public beta of Skype 2.6, and I’m going to demonstrate some of the more commonly used features that now work nicely with Window-Eyes.

We’ll start with the menu system.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

As you can hear, both the top level menu items, and all sub menu items are reading perfectly. Now let’s move on to the contact list. I’m going to arrow through the contacts I have.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Not only is the contact list speaking great, but so is the context menu for the selected contact.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

I’m going to choose the Send Contacts option, and select two contacts to send to my selected contact.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

As you can hear, all of the controls in this dialog are speaking as expected. I’m going to cancel out of this dialog, and get back into my contact list.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

The Skype 2.6 contact list has a few tabs across the top for selecting the Dial feature, Live feature, or the History tab. Window-Eyes now reads these automatically when pressing CTRL-TAB to move through the options.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

Even the history list is speaking great.

<Window-Eyes Speech>

We hope today's "Guess What?" has given you a glimpse into the power of Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1, and its powerful support for Internet Explorer 7, and new enhancements for Skype. We have a lot more in store, including some great new features for beginner users, so stay tuned for tomorrow's "Guess What?" to learn more about Window-Eyes 6.0 Beta 1.


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