REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 13, 2006 — With laptop sales up 37 percent1 in 2005 and more than 30 million U.S. households expected to use VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) by 20092, consumers are demanding new solutions for richer communications experiences, even when they are on the go. Microsoft Hardware meets these needs with its expanded digital communications line, which consists of the Microsoft® LifeCam NX-6000 (the company’s first webcam designed exclusively for laptop use), the LifeCam VX-1000, and two new digital headsets — LifeChat™ ZX-6000 and LifeChat LX-3000 — all optimized for use with Windows Live™ Messenger, the world’s largest instant messaging network,3 providing a simple and natural communications experience.
“We’re bringing the best combination of hardware, software and services together to deliver superior online communications experiences,” said Michael Cowan, product marketing manager for Microsoft Hardware. “These new products will enable our customers to easily take advantage of today’s VoIP technology for greater social interaction.”
The Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 offers the highest-resolution video (2.0 megapixels4) and still photography (7.6 megapixels interpolated) on the market. This notebook webcam is uniquely designed for mobility and durability. The LifeCam’s lens is fully collapsible and retracts inside the body of the webcam when not in use. The built-in unidirectional microphone offers unprecedented audio performance, rivaling even CD audio quality. For added convenience, the versatile attachment base allows for easy and secure placement on most laptop screens.
Also introduced today, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 features a built-in microphone to provide better-quality video calling to accompany its brilliant video and still photography (640x480 pixels).
The entire line of Microsoft LifeCams features a unique set of features that simplify digital communications for Windows Live Messenger users, including a Windows Live Call Button to easily start a video call, seamless video control with the LifeCam Dashboard, and One-Touch Blogging to post LifeCam still photos to Windows Live Spaces.
Simple, Seamless and Natural VoIP
To meet the growing demand for easier PC calling, Microsoft is introducing two digital headsets, the LifeChat ZX-6000 and LifeChat LX-3000, to help consumers easily communicate PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone. Optimizations for Windows Live make accessing VoIP technology easier than ever. The rechargeable Microsoft LifeChat ZX-6000 is Microsoft’s first wireless headset designed exclusively for the PC and features a range of up to 30 feet, noise-canceling microphone, competitively vibrant audio and unique industrial design. The LifeChat LX-3000 is a wired PC headset that offers in-line volume controls, pivotal boom microphone with 180-degree movement and a flexible 6-foot cord. Both headsets fully integrate with Windows Live Messenger to deliver clarity, comfort and convenience and feature the following key innovations:
Windows Live Call Button. One touch of the Windows Live Call Button allows users to see who is online and be on their way to audio chatting. It is easy to add another buddy for multibuddy calls.5
Easy audio switching. With the Call Button, users can switch from listening to music to accepting calls. Music will automatically mute when the user accepts a call; when the Call Button is pressed again at the end of the call, the music is reactivated.
Free worldwide buddy Internet calling. Users can get connected for free to Windows Live contacts around the world.5
Pricing and Availability
The Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 will be widely available in November 2006 for an estimated retail price6 of $99.95 (U.S.). The Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000 will be widely available in September 2006 for an estimated retail price6of $29.95.
The Microsoft LifeChat products introduced today will be widely available in January 2007 for the following estimated retail prices:6
About MSN and Windows Live
MSN® attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services. Some Windows Live services entered an early beta phase on Nov. 1, 2005; these and future beta updates can be found at http://ideas.live.com. Windows Live is available at http://www.live.com. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com. MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx.
About Microsoft Hardware
For more than two decades, the Hardware Group has employed innovative engineering, cutting-edge industrial design and extensive usability testing to create products of exceptional quality and durability that enhance the software experience and strengthen the connection between consumers and their PC. Microsoft Hardware leads the industry in ergonomic engineering, industrial design, and hardware/software compatibility, offering consumers an easier, more convenient and more enjoyable computing experience. Microsoft IntelliMouse® Explorer, which launched in 1999, earned a place on PCWorld.com’s list of “The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years” as the first mainstream optical mouse that “brought gunk-free pointing devices” to a broad consumer base.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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