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Stop Typing and Start Talking!

15 November, 2007 | Archived Post

Change the way you communicate with Microsoft LifeCams

SYDNEY, Australia. - 15 November, 2007 - Microsoft Australia’s Hardware team today announced the exciting range of webcams, making it easier to keep in touch, especially with loved ones over the Christmas holiday period.

The LifeCam VX-7000 desktop unit and LifeCam NX-3000 notebook unit make it easy to capture life’s important moments and communicate in our increasingly digital world. And with over 240 million Windows Live Messenger Live accounts each month in more than 60 countries1, there’s no better time to get a LifeCam to see and hear who you’re talking to!

Another exciting feature of the new Microsoft LifeCams is the One-touch Photo Swap access, which allows users to share and swap photos from their PCs during a video call — and see and hear the reactions of friends and family instantly. For example, you can share a picture of your daughters first day of school with your parents that live interstate and see their delight instantly.

"After a great reception into the LifeCam market, it’s fantastic that we are helping Australians to keep in touch with friends and family around the world. Through the combined services of MSN Messenger and Microsoft LifeCams, Microsoft is providing a unique video communications experience that is uniting people," Said Ms Julia Nicholls, product marketing manager, entertainment and devices division, Microsoft Australia.

See…
Imagine showing off an engagement ring to your best friend in Queensland or holding up a newborn baby for your grandmother in Europe — sometimes words just aren't enough! People should be able to look up from their keyboards and see eye to eye – with Microsoft LifeCams, they can.

The VX-7000 and NX-3000 allow users to access a host of features including the 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.3

The one-touch blogging lets users post High Definition LifeCam pictures directly to their Windows Live Spaces blog. In just one click from within the LifeCam window you can take a quick picture of your new shoes or puppy and upload it instantly to your blog.2 Adding to the experience both LifeCams come with a range of fun video effects, which allow you to add a cute backdrop or colourful frame to your video calls. The LifeCams also tilt, zoom and pan to ensure that you are always captured in the best light!

Hear…
Instead of just typing words, Australians are beginning to realise just how easy and fun it is to send home video clips through cyberspace. The fact that you can see and hear the person you are talking to adds to the connection as those important shared moments of life are fleeting and deserve to be captured by technology, not spoiled by it. The built-in unidirectional LifeCam microphone with acoustic noise cancellation is designed to deliver crystal-clear audio performance, ensuring that you don’t miss a moment.

Share…
Microsoft is making it easier and more affordable than ever for users to be in contact and more meaningfully see, hear and share life’s experiences.

Both webcams fully integrate with Windows Live Messenger to deliver a suite of features that make video calling simple, natural and seamless. The inclusion of the new Photo Swap feature lets users share digital photos during a video conversation, so you can see your friends and family’s reaction to your latest holiday pictures.

Both LifeCams operate on PCs and connect directly to a standard Universal Serial Bus (USB).1

LifeCam VX-7000
The Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 is a top-of-the-line desktop webcam that includes a 2.0 megapixel sensor3 that delivers high-definition video resolution and still photography (7.6 MP interpolated). The slim, glossy, sleek design allows the LifeCam to blend seamlessly into an individual’s computer monitor, complementing any modern computer setup and fitting most notebooks. A 71-degree, wide-angle lens fits more people on the screen at once, so users can sit down and chat with the whole family!

LifeCam NX-3000
The LifeCam NX-3000 is compact and portable to help users have an amazing video calling experience wherever the road may take them. The notebook webcam delivers brilliant video (640x480 pixels), high definition still photography (1.3 megapixels) and a swivel lens so users can adjust the picture at any time. Paired with a protective carrying case, the LifeCam NX-3000 is sleek and compact making it perfect for on-the-go users.

Pricing and Availability
The new Microsoft products introduced today will be available for the following estimated retail prices.
  • Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000: $149.95* - Available now
  • Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000: $99.95* - Available now

* Prices are estimated retail prices. Actual prices may vary.

Ends

These two great LifeCams, along with the great range of other Microsoft Hardware favorites are included in Microsoft's 25th Anniversary 25% Cashback offer this holiday season.

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1 Markets with Windows Live Messenger are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada (English and French), Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, the U.K., Uruguay, the U.S. and Venezuela.
2 These features are available only through Windows Live Messenger. Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista. Pentium 233 MHz (500 MHz recommended). Up to 50 MB of hard disk space for installation, 15 MB to run the program
3 USB 2.0 is required for 1.3MP and higher video-capture resolution.
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For more information please contact:
Rebecca Smith
Howorth Communications
02 8281 3809 / 0410 695 833
rebecca@howorth.com.au
             Jacquie Potter
Howorth Communications
02 8281 3893 / 0414 449 070
jacquie@howorth.com.au

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