MSN Messenger 7.0 to Get New Video Features

MSN Messenger 6.0 includes video capability that
Microsoft claims has been used by 30 million MSN Messenger users, out of approximately 155 million total users. The new video service is being jointly developed with
webcam vendor Logitech as part of the two firms’ ongoing relationship.

“As part of the extended relationship, MSN and Logitech will announce the
continued technology collaboration which will enable MSN to provide a new,
high-quality, seamlessly synchronized video and audio service to MSN
Messenger 7.0 customers in the spring,” Karin Muskopf, MSN product manager,

Though the feature is referred to as being “powered by Logitech,” the new
video capability will not be limited exclusively to Logitech webcams.

“Although Logitech is our preferred partner, this video feature will work
with Web cameras that are compatible with instant messaging,” Muskopf said.

Logitech hopes that the new extended video capability will help to expand
webcam usage and make it even easier for users.

“The new capabilities we’re delivering with MSN will remove barriers that
in the past have prevented widespread consumer use of video and audio
communications,” said Junien Labrousse, senior vice president of the Video
Business Unit at Logitech, in a statement. “With just a PC, a broadband
connection, a headset and a webcam, MSN Messenger subscribers will soon
enjoy high-quality, fully synchronized video and audio over the Internet, using tools they’re already familiar with.”

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its enterprise collaboration roadmap at a press event in San Francisco. Microsoft’s new corporate IM product, Microsoft Office Communicator, was showcased.

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