Skype Uses Logitech, On2
FREMONT, Calif. and LUXEMBOURG -- Logitech (SWX:LOGN - News; NASDAQ:LOGI - News), the world's leading manufacturer of webcams, and Skype, a global Internet communications company, today announced that they have teamed up to bring free video calling to Skype users worldwide.
The Skype video feature, part of the beta version of Skype 2.0, was released today for evaluation by the Skype community. Logitech and Skype worked in concert to certify Logitech's QuickCam® webcams and PC headsets for use with the newly announced Skype Video feature, ensuring that Skype Video and the features of Logitech's webcams provide a superior experience for Skype users. Logitech worked closely with Skype on usability and performance, to ensure people experience fully synchronized, high-quality video and audio communications over the Internet. Skype Video, which includes a full-screen video mode, is an integrated part of Skype 2.0 and is available for free at www.skype.com.
The two companies plan to jointly market Skype Video and Logitech webcams and headsets worldwide, engaging in regional promotions and direct outreach to Logitech customers and the Skype community. Skype will offer select Skype-certified Logitech webcams and headsets for sale through its online store.
"We are delighted to team up with Skype to bring video to Skype users worldwide," said Junien Labrousse, Logitech senior vice president of the Entertainment and Communications Business Unit. "In a very brief period of time, Skype has brought Internet calling into the mainstream, across the globe. We're confident that Skype will bring similar momentum to video calling, as consumers will see how useful and easy it can be. And we believe our lineup of webcams and headsets is the perfect complement to Skype Video."
"Logitech is a recognized leader in webcams, and has been a pioneer in the use of video for Internet communications," said James Bilefield, vice president of business development, Skype. "We have an insightful and advantageous relationship with Logitech, and we look forward to working together on this new feature for Skype customers."
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LUXEMBOURG and NEW YORK -- On2 Technologies, Inc. (Amex: ONT - News), and Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced that the beta version of Skype 2.0 -- the newest version of Skype's revolutionary software that allows anyone with an Internet connection to make free Internet calls -- uses On2 codec technology to deliver high quality video. Announced earlier today, the new Skype Video offering allows Skype users to see and send real time video as they Skype with their friends, family and colleagues.
"We created Skype 2.0 to be fun and easy to use, with enhanced features that allow people to effortlessly stay in touch and express themselves online," said James Bilefield, vice president of business development for Skype. "On2's video compression has helped enable the quality of Skype Video."
Skype has licensed current and future versions of On2 Technologies video compression software, the TrueMotion video codec, and has worked closely with On2 to integrate its compression technology with Skype 2.0 to ensure a superior Internet calling experience for Skype users worldwide.
"We are extremely enthusiastic that Skype has chosen On2 video codecs for Skype 2.0. Their endorsement of our solution is a significant validation of our efforts," said Douglas A. McIntyre, chairman, president and chief executive officer of On2 Technologies. "We look forward to working with their engineering group to bring Skype customers the highest quality two-way video available anywhere in the world."
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