GW Micro - Screen Reader Comparison Chart

Window-Eyes and JAWS® Comparison Chart

FEATURE Window-Eyes for Users of Microsoft Office Window-Eyes Standard Window-Eyes Professional JAWS® Standard JAWS® Pro JAWS® Pro + Remote Access
LICENSING AND INSTALLATION
Free with license of Microsoft Office 2010 or newer Yes No No No No No
Windows XP support (all 32 bit versions) Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Windows Vista support (all versions) Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Windows 7 support (all versions) Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Windows 8 support (all versions) Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Windows Server 2008 support Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Windows Server 2003 support Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Desktop shortcut key assigned by default Yes Yes Yes No No No
REMOTE COMPUTING
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection support Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Microsoft Terminal Services support Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Citrix Xenworks support Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Remote assistance for support and training Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SCRIPTING AND APPS (i.e. Window-Eyes scripts are referred to as apps)
Scripting support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scripting can be disabled for security purposes Yes Yes Yes Yes, but core speech and braille functions will not be available Yes, but core speech and braille functions will not be available Yes, but core speech and braille functions will not be available
Honors system group policies for limiting app/script execution Yes Yes Yes No No No
Apps/scripts can be trusted based on publisher's digital certificate Yes Yes Yes No No No
Apps/scripts can be trusted on a per app/script basis Yes Yes Yes No No No
Open language scripting model Yes Yes Yes No (proprietary scripting language) No (proprietary scripting language) No (proprietary scripting language)
Custom scripting services available through manufacturer Yes Yes Yes No No No
Apps/scripts stored in centralized online repository Yes Yes Yes No No No
Access all available apps/scripts with the press of a single keystroke Yes Yes Yes No No No
Apps/scripts support automatic updates Yes Yes Yes No No No
Apps/scripts support error reporting Yes Yes Yes No No No
Email list for app/script developers that is monitored by manufacturer Yes Yes Yes No No No
Email list for app/script users that is monitored by manufacturer Yes Yes Yes No No No
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
Screen reader user email list that is hosted by manufacturer and monitored by local dealer Yes Yes Yes No No No
Free audio tutorials Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free video tutorials Yes Yes Yes No No No
Training webinars are always free of charge Yes Yes Yes No No No
Keyboard describer/tutor mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Application specific help Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User interface context sensitive help Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tip of Day utility Yes Yes Yes No No No
Automated diagnostic reporting utility Yes Yes Yes No No No
Advanced error reporting utility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WEB AND EMAIL
List web page elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes Yes No No No
Navigation hotkeys to quickly move to various web page elements Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced control search mode for web forms Yes Yes Yes No No No
Auto forms mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Place markers for webpages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for row and column headers in HTML tables Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for ARIA landmarks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for accessible Flash Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Internet Explorer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Firefox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Chrome No No No Yes Yes Yes
Support for Outlook 2003/2007/2010/2013 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Eudora Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Thunderbird Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Outlook Express Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Windows Live Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MICROSOFT OFFICE
Support for Office 2003 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Office 2007 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Office 2010 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Office 2013 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for comments in Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for track changes/revisions in Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for spelling and grammar errors in Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single hotkey to list comments, revisions, spelling/grammar errors Yes Yes Yes No No No
Navigation Mode or Navigation Quick Keys Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Next/previous spelling or grammar error hotkeys in Word available outside of Navigation Mode Yes Yes Yes No No No
Column navigation hotkeys Yes Yes Yes No No No
Automatic notification of attribute changes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Format alert notification option for extra spaces Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
List document elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes Yes No No No
Element properties hotkey to identify text color, spacing, alignment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accessible Outlook calendar dialog Yes Yes Yes No No No
Accessible Outlook email attachments dialog Yes Yes Yes No No No
Support for all Excel charts Yes Yes Yes No No No
Support for custom row and column headers in Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for automatic announcement of monitor cells in Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overlapping/cropped cells alert notification in Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
List spreadsheet elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes Yes No No No
Slide boundary overlap alert notification in PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Placeholder boundary overlap alert notification in PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes No No No
Support for notes pane in PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
List presentation elements with one hotkey via Page Navigation Yes Yes Yes No No No
OTHER KEY FEATURES
Support for SAPI 5 speech synthesizers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for refreshable braille displays Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Adobe Reader and PDF files Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Java Access Bridge (JAB) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Lotus Notes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Visual Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recommended by Apple for iTunes on PC Yes Yes Yes No No No
Notification of window size when reading title Yes Yes Yes No No No
Supports creating graphic labels Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports creating manual field labels or prompts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatically reads text under mouse pointer Yes Yes Yes No No No
Ability to move mouse pointer and read by "clip" (graphic or text with identical attributes) Yes Yes Yes No No No
Requires signed braille display drivers and executes drivers at elevated security privileges No No No Yes Yes Yes
Screen reader manufacturer charges braille display manufacturer annual fee for driver signing No No No Yes Yes Yes
Contracted braille input No No No Yes Yes Yes
Optical character recognition of screen elements containing text No No No Yes Yes Yes

Note: The data provided in this comparison chart applies to the US English versions of Window-Eyes 8.4 and JAWS® 15 and is based on internal testing conducted by GW Micro.