How do blind people use computers

Everything about screen readers: Working blindly on the computer

NVDA Windows 7, 8.1, 10 Free Ideal for beginners, good speech synthesizers (eSpeak, Sapi 4/5), Braille line support, continuous development, 44 languages, single .exe file Only free speech synthesizer (no "state of art"), no broad support for programs, rather bulky navigation   JAWS Windows 7, 8.1, 10 ~ 1000-3000 euros Most powerful speech synthesizer (Eloquence, RealSpeak), extensive user help, also reads PDFs and graphics, best navigation for the blind, braille line support, compatible with many Windows and Office applications, market leader with a broad user community Most expensive software, opaque payment model, "only" 7 languages   Dolphin Windows 7, 8.1, 10 ~ 1000-1300 euros Powerful, variable speech synthesizer (Vocalizer Expressive), search function, reads PDFs, "Dolphin Cursor", Braille line support, supports eBooks from some providers Expensive software, little online support, small community   Windows Narrator Windows 7, 8.1, 10 Pre-installed Good for beginners in the field of screen readers, easy reading of texts, easy navigation with keyboard commands, native Windows integration Very machine-sounding speech synthesizer, not suitable as a complete solution for the blind, no broad language support, no support for Braille lines   VoiceOver macOS, macOS X, iOS Pre-installed Very suitable for beginners, relatively powerful speech synthesizer (Alex and RealSpeak), Braille line support, good navigation via keyboard commands, makes the use of smartphones and tablets much easier Only free speech synthesizers can be used (no state-of-art), no broad support for different programs, not suitable as a complete solution for the blind   Orca Linux (GNOME) Free Relatively powerful speech synthesizer (eSpeak), Braille line support, good navigation via keyboard commands, open source, community project, audio instructions Setup sometimes complicated, only free speech synthesizer (artificial sound) available   ChromeVox Google Chrome Free Easy integration into the web browser, for occasional users Bad speech synthesizer, not suitable as a complete solution for the blind, no regular updates   Chirpy Mozilla Firefox Free Easy integration into the web browser, for occasional users Bad speech synthesizer, not suitable as a complete solution for the blind, sometimes performance problems, no regular updates   TalkBack Android Free Makes smartphone use much easier, developer Google is making impressive strides in artificial speech Very resource-consuming, requires powerful hardware, (still) comparatively weak speech synthesizer   ShinePlus Android Free Makes the use of the smartphone much easier, more resource-saving than TalkBack Rather weak speech synthesizer, advertising, irregular updates, German instructions contain many errors