IMPORTANT: the following message is intended for early adopters and developers. If you have any questions, please DO NOT reply to this message on the forum – please write to me privately.
A while ago there was a discussion on this forum about ending support for unsupported software. As Enes pointed out, I did work on Project Longhorn years ago to experiment with NVDA dropping support for Windows XP and letting the screen reader use modern CPU instructions such as SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2). I’m back again with another experiment: Project Blue, which will teach NVDA to drop support for Windows 7 and 8.
Project Blue is an experiment to drop support for Windows 7 and 8; that is, with this experiment, the goal is to optimize NVDA for Windows 8.1, 10, 11, and future Windows releases (“Blue” comes from Windows 8.1 codename). The overall purpose of Project Blue is to serve as a way to let you taste what would happen if NV Access one day decides to end support for Windows 7, and to inform NV Access as to code changes required to achieve this.
The high level changes to Project Blue include:
To demonstrate Project Blue, a prototype snapshot build is available. Since Project Blue is work in progress and is intended for early adopters and developers, features will be identical to NVDA alpha builds. Consequently, there can be errors and many add-ons not updated to use recent NVDA features will not work properly.
Prototype build download link:
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE PROTOTYPE BUILD:
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
IMPORTANT: if you have any questions about Project Blue, please DO NOT write a reply on this forum – contact me directly.
Thank you, and please stay safe and healthy.