Purchase the JAWS and ZoomText divisions of Vispero and integrate them into Microsoft and Microsoft products.
Microsoft should consider purchasing the ZoomText and JAWS divisions of Vispero in order to integrate them into the Microsoft accessibility team. These divisions of Vispero already produce software that is exclusive to Windows, and this is the next logical step in making Windows accessible for everyone. This would add a lot of talented folks to the Narrator, Magnifier, and Disability Answer Desk teams.
There would be no more need for teams from Microsoft and Vispero to communicate back and forth on accessibility issues. Everything would be done in house, similar to how Apple implements accessibility on their devices and systems. When Microsoft releases new software, it would work immediately with Narrator and Magnifier because all the folks responsible for accessibility would be working together with the same tools and software at the same time. There would be no more long periods of time in which you wait for your accessibility software to be updated to take advantage of new Microsoft technologies. Products like Microsoft Office could potentially work much better than they currently do because everyone would be on the same page at all times.
This would also be better for agencies and other organizations that currently spend thousands of dollars on this software. Everyone would save money while continuing to receive support from Microsoft, the company that knows how its software works and can provide the best technical support. Accessibility would be built into the system, so there would be no more need to install a third party tool unless someone preferred to use something like NVDA. If users wanted extra speech synthesizers such as Eloquence and/or Vocalizer, they could either be built-in or offered as a free download or for a small fee.
Vispero should just be done all together because they can't control the lag with their products.
Why not just add / improve the few features from zoomtext missing in window 10 :
- better blinking text cursor
- more options for the mouse cursor
- better characters smoothing with the zoom) ?
- text focus (dynamic square around text, as when the narrator is active)
with these options we would simply remove zoomtext.
Robert Kingett commented
After some serious thought, I actually agree with this completely. It's a long time coming, but I doubt Microsoft has the resources to update both JAWS and Narrator.
Microsoft also has built-in accessibility software which can be used if it meets user needs - please try Narrator from the Ease of Access center in Windows 10. JAWS and NVDA are also great screen readers (and there are many others depending on your geography). Microsoft regards Vispero and NVAccess as wonderful partners who provide great tools. Our goal isn't to own everything but to create a rich partner ecosystem for our customers; allowing them choice to install the AT that best fits their needs. We meet regularly with Vispero and NVAccess (and other partners) to ensure compatibility.
Lucy Misasi commented
That is a great idea
Agreed! Apple and Google already have built-in accessibility software that does everything right out of the box. There's no paying for software that will quickly become outmoded, forcing its users to shell out more money to keep it up to date.