Fort Wayne's GW Micro, the creator of Window-Eyes, announced Thursday that it has merged into one company with Ai Squared, the maker of ZoomText and sitecues. The merger combines their products to assist computer users who are blind or visually impaired. GW Micro's 12 workers will remain here as part of Ai Squared, which has 38 employees and is headquartered in Vermont.
Dan Weirich, co-founder of GW Micro, is now vice president of Ai Squared.
“It's a natural fit,” Weirich said in a news release about the merger. “Combining our companies will strengthen Ai Squared's global presence in the assistive technology industry, allowing us to serve even more customers.”
GW Micro's Window-Eyes allows people who are blind or have other vision problems to make full use of Microsoft Office software on a personal computer by providing a voice that reads what is on the screen or makes it available in the Braille language people can read by touch.
Weirich noted that many customers using web and computer accessibility tools inevitably progress in their visual impairment. As a result, they will require more advanced assistive technology as their needs change. With the merger, Ai Squared will be in a better position to assist those customers, developing products that provide a seamless transition and user experience as customers adapt to their changing vision, according to the news release.
Ai Squared will continue to offer Window-Eyes and its related products as they were previously offered by GW Micro. In addition, a free and fully featured version of Window-Eyes will continue to be available via the Window-Eyes Offer for Users of Microsoft Office as part of the partnership announced in January with Microsoft and GW Micro. The Window-Eyes software, which retails for $895, is available for free download at www.windoweyesforoffice.com.
Ai Squared describes ZoomText as the world's No. 1 screen magnifier and text-to-speech software package to help people who are visually impaired to use a computer.
Sitecues enables website owners to build accessibility tools into their websites.