Window-Eyes and JAWS® Comparison Chart[1]

FEATURE Window-Eyes for Users of Microsoft Office Window-Eyes JAWS® Home Edition JAWS® Pro
LICENSING AND INSTALLATION
Manufacturer is American owned and operated Yes Yes No No
Cost Free $895 $895 $1095
Windows Vista support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8 support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server 2008 support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server 2012 support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single installer for all supported operating systems (32 and 64 bit) Yes Yes No No
Internet based activation system No No Yes Yes
Unlimited number of computer installations for registered users Yes Yes No[2] No[2]
Mobile installation on USB drive Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop shortcut key assigned by default Yes Yes No No
REMOTE COMPUTING
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection support Yes Yes No[3] No[3]
Microsoft Terminal Services support Yes Yes No[3] No[3]
Citrix Xenworks support Yes Yes No[3] No[3]
Remote assistance for support and training Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCRIPTING AND APPS (i.e. Window-Eyes scripts are referred to as apps)
Scripting support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scripting can be disabled for security purposes without impacting core speech/braille functions Yes Yes No No
Honors system group policies for limiting app/script execution Yes Yes No No
Apps/scripts can be trusted based on publisher's digital certificate Yes Yes No No
Apps/scripts can be trusted on a per app/script basis Yes Yes No No
Open language scripting model Yes Yes No No
Custom scripting services available through manufacturer Yes Yes No No
Apps/scripts stored in centralized online repository Yes Yes No No
Access all available apps/scripts with the press of a single keystroke Yes Yes No No
Apps/scripts support automatic updates Yes Yes No No
Apps/scripts support error reporting Yes Yes No No
Email list for app/script developers that is monitored by manufacturer Yes Yes No No
Email list for app/script users that is monitored by manufacturer Yes Yes No No
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
Onsite training classes available through manufacturer Yes Yes No No
Remote training available through manufacturer Yes Yes No No
Screen reader user email list that is monitored by manufacturer Yes Yes No No
Free email and phone support No Yes Yes Yes
Free audio tutorials Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free video tutorials Yes Yes No No
Training webinars are always free of charge Yes Yes No No
Keyboard describer/tutor mode Yes Yes Yes Yes
Application specific help Yes Yes Yes Yes
User interface context sensitive help Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tip of Day utility Yes Yes No No
Automated diagnostic reporting utility Yes Yes No No
Advanced error reporting utility Yes Yes Yes Yes
WEB AND EMAIL
Support for Internet Explorer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Firefox Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Chrome No No Yes Yes
Support for dynamic changes to web page content Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for HTML 5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for ARIA landmarks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for ARIA live regions Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Google Drive, Docs, Slides and Charts Yes Yes Yes Yes
List web page elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes No No
Navigation hotkeys to quickly move to various web page elements Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic form interaction Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for row and column headers in HTML tables Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for accessible Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Place markers for webpages No No Yes Yes
Support for Outlook 2007/2010/2013 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Thunderbird Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Windows Live Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
MICROSOFT OFFICE
Support for Office 2007 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Office 2010 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Office 2013 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for comments in Word Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for track changes/revisions in Word Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for spelling and grammar errors in Word Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single hotkey to list comments, revisions, spelling/grammar errors Yes Yes No No
Navigation Mode or Navigation Quick Keys Yes Yes Yes Yes
Next/previous spelling or grammar error hotkeys in Word available outside of Navigation Mode Yes Yes No No
Column navigation hotkeys Yes Yes No No
Automatic notification of attribute changes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Format alert notification option for extra spaces Yes Yes Yes Yes
List document elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes No No
Element properties hotkey to identify text color, spacing, alignment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accessible Outlook calendar dialog Yes Yes No No
Accessible Outlook email attachments dialog Yes Yes No No
Support for all Excel charts Yes Yes No No
Support for custom row and column headers in Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for automatic announcement of monitor cells in Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overlapping/cropped cells alert notification in Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes
List spreadsheet elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes No No
Slide boundary overlap alert notification in PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes
Placeholder boundary overlap alert notification in PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for notes pane in PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes
List presentation elements with one hot key via Page Navigation Yes Yes No No
OTHER KEY FEATURES
Support for SAPI 5 speech synthesizers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Includes Eloquence speech synthesizer No Yes Yes Yes
Includes Vocalizer Expressive speech synthesizer No Yes Yes Yes
Support for refreshable braille displays Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Adobe Reader and PDF files Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Java Access Bridge (JAB) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Lotus Notes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Visual Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for MathPlayer in Microsoft Word Yes Yes No No
Support for MathJax (MathML) in Internet Explorer No No Yes Yes
Recommended by Apple for iTunes on PC Yes Yes No No
Built-in support for QuickBooks 2014 Yes Yes No[4] No[4]
Notification of window size when reading title Yes Yes No No
Supports creating graphic labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports creating manual field labels or prompts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatically reads text under mouse pointer Yes Yes No No
Ability to move mouse pointer and read by "clip" (graphic or text with identical attributes) Yes Yes No No
Requires signed braille display drivers and executes drivers at elevated security privileges No No Yes Yes
Screen reader manufacturer charges braille display manufacturer annual fee for driver signing No No Yes Yes
Contracted braille input No No Yes Yes
Optical character recognition of screen elements containing text No No Yes Yes
Screen Reader Specific Touch Gestures/Cursor No No Yes Yes

Footnotes

  1. The data provided in this comparison chart applies to the US English versions of Window-Eyes 9.0 and JAWS® 16 and is based on internal testing conducted by Ai Squared.
  2. JAWS® license includes 3 activations by default.
  3. JAWS® is available with an option to add Remote Access for an additional $200. Remote access provides support for Remote Desktop, Terminal Server, and software like Citrix.
  4. QuickBooks scripts for JAWS® are available and can be obtained through a third party.