Freedom Scientific has come out with a new update to JAWS 8.0. This makes the third update for Windows 2000 and XP users and represents Public Beta 2 for Vista users. Most importantly on Vista is that this version now supports User Access Control (UAC).

In the update’s release notes, the following interesting statement is made: “JAWS successfully handles and reads Ajax-enabled Web pages when using Internet Explorer 7”. What exactly is meant by this statement? I just tried the standard Ajax view of GMail, which still does not work with JAWS after the update.

The jury is still out on whether or not the issues with blank virtual buffers in Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express have been resolved. I sure hope so, as this issue is keeping us from installing JAWS 8.0 on Karen’s computer. She’s still running 7.1, as are many others.