The latest version of the popular screen reader for Windows PCs has been released. JAWS 2019 was available for the public to trial through a series of beta releases this year, but as of Tuesday 30th October that has been changed to ‘official release’ status.
The new version includes lots of new features including improvements in how it works with Office 365, new support for Braille Grade 1 input, custom support for users of Skype and audio ducking support for the latest version of Windows 10.
One of the biggest criticisms of JAWS has been the price of the software which runs into hundreds of pounds depending on the version you wanted. However that is all set to change with the introduction of the JAWS Home Annual Licence that is now available for users in the USA. With this licence you are able to own and keep up to date with the latest editions of JAWS which will work across the latest Windows updates. A one-year licence will cost $90 per year for a home user and you are able to install the software on up to three computers.
No pricing or availability has yet been announced for British or Canadian customers but we will keep you up to date on the progress of that.