Microsoft launches new range of LifeCams

Microsoft is providing an exciting and easy new way to share photos and memories with two new webcams — a desktop unit, the LifeCam VX-7000, and a notebook unit, the LifeCam NX-3000 — and their connection to Photo Swap, a feature that allows consumers to share digital photos with friends and family and see their reactions in real time. The LifeCams’ sleek new design blends into the PC monitor, allowing consumers to concentrate on the important things in life: connecting and sharing with friends and family.

Sharing Is a Snap With Windows Live Messenger

The Microsoft® LifeCam line continues to work closely with Windows Live™ Messenger, the world’s largest instant messaging network,1 to make video calls2 easy and now more meaningful than ever with quick access to Photo Swap, which lets users share digital photos live during a video conversation. One click of the Photo Swap icon opens a window next to the video call so users can pick available photos on their PC and flip through them with their friend. Photo Swap is easy to use and works like a virtual photo album, allowing consumers to see and hear the reactions of their friends and family in real time as they view the pictures together.

The Photo Swap feature is now available in the entire line of LifeCams and complements the existing LifeCam features for Windows Live users that include the following:

  • Windows Live Call Button: Located on the top of each LifeCam, the Windows Live Call Button makes placing a video call a breeze by eliminating multiple steps. Just one touch brings up the Contact Picker, a tool that shows only current online contacts. Users simply select their contact’s name and they are on their way to making a video call — it’s like speed dialing for webcams.
  • LifeCam Dashboard: Built right into the Windows Live Messenger window for easy access during video calling, the LifeCam Dashboard provides simple access to the controls people need most, including pan, tilt and zoom. Now users’ attention stays where it should be — on their video conversation.
  • One-Touch Blogging: Users can post High Definition LifeCam pictures directly to their Windows Live Spaces blog with one click from within the LifeCam window.

Both LifeCams will be widely available in September 2007 for the following estimated retail prices:

  • Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000, $99.95 (approx Rs 4,200)
  • Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000, $59.95 (approx Rs 2,500)
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