Ladies and gentlemen,
For reference: this is mostly for whoever will be doing these announcements:
Dear citizens of Windows 10 and Window-Eyes ecosystems:
On May 15, 2017, VFO announced end of sales for Window-Eyes, and few days later Microsoft announced end of support for Office-backed Window-Eyes version in June 2017. As a response to these announcements, the Win10 Forum for Screen Reader Users leadership team would like to announce that, effective September 2017, Window-Eyes will enter lights out phase, with advisories and compatibility notices ceasing in March 2018 on this forum cluster.
In many circles, the term “lights out” signals going dark, or in some cases, managing something without needing people to be present at all times. For the Win10 forum cluster, it means gradual decrease in official communication, mostly dealing with advisories and compatibility notices between Windows 10 releases and a screen reader. During lights out phase, advisories will continue to be sent regarding the old screen reader, and should serve as a time of transition for some people.
The lights out procedure will be as follows:
Thus for Window-Eyes:
A special note for Windows Insiders: official compatibility notices for Insider Preview builds will cease on the day the first build for the next feature update after Fall Creators Update ships. For example, if the first Insider Preview build for Redstone 4 ships (or whichever version will be) in October, that will be the day when official communication on Window-Eyes will cease for Insiders.
Head list representative/owner, Win10 Forum for Screen Reader Users