Skype and Logitech offer High Quality Video Conferencing

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Skype and Logitech offer High Quality Video Conferencing

Logitech webcamsSkype and Logitech have teamed up to offer high quality videoconferencing. Skype 3.6 will be required and will increase the resolution from 320 x 240 to 640 x 480 (VGA). High Quality Video will also require Logitech QuickCam software, version 11.5. It will support up to 30 frames per second (fps) to people using a broadband connection. 384 kbps connection or higher is required and a PC with a dual-core processor to do the heavy processing of the video stream.

High Quality Video on Skype is available with the following premium Logitech webcams: the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000, the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks and the Logitech QuickCam® Orbit AF (Logitech® QuickCam® Sphere AF in Europe).

According to the release, all three High Quality Video-certified webcams offer a Carl Zeiss lens and a very cool autofocus. Logitech’s autofocus system refocuses images in less than three seconds and helps ensure that images remain crisp even in extreme close-ups (up to 4 inches/10 cm from the camera lens).

For the office and the home, the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 comes with a flexible universal base, which allows it to rest comfortably on nearly any monitor. For the on-the-go professional, the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks is sold with a protective travel case and an adjustable, spring-tension clip that accommodates even large laptops with panels up to 20 mm thick. The QuickCam Orbit AF webcam can cover 190 horizontal degrees and 100 vertical degrees of a room and offers a unique pan-and-tilt tracking technology.

So can Skype crack the high-end videoconferencing market? Should Microsoft Roundtable be worried or Polycom with their dedicated videoconferencing hardware? I'm not holding my breath. I still think hardware videoconferencing solutions are the way to go for businesses. Maybe SMBs that can't afford high-end video hardware might use Skype.

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