Let’s face it, when you have a paid product and the free alternative keeps getting better, you have to keep innovating. This is the situation many videoconferencing companies are now in since Skype raised the video quality bar. How you ask? Well, the company now has the ability to communicate via High Quality Video.
In order to have access to this functionality you will need Skype 3.6 for Windows and Logitech QuickCam software, version 11.5. If you do, you will communicate at VGA-quality or 640-by-
840–480 pixels at up to 30 frames per second (fps).
What sort of broadband connectivity will you need to take advantage of such communications? About 384 kbps or higher. You will also need a High Quality Video-certified Logitech webcam and a PC with a dual-core processor.
While we are not talking about telepresence here, this news puts that much more pressure on the mid-tier of the market. I look forward to testing this new capability at some point in the future.