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August 14, 2006
ROMANEL-SUR-MORGES, Switzerland and LUXEMBOURG -- Logitech (SWX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) and Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced that they have expanded their relationship by bringing a complete solution for Internet calling dedicated to Skype(TM) users worldwide: the Logitech(R) EasyCall(TM) Desktop. The European version of the desktop combines a mouse, headset and speakerphone with a Skype-specific keyboard for the first time ever.
The Skype-specific keyboard includes one-touch buttons for launching Skype software, placing a call, ending a call, changing the user's online status, and dialing a mobile or traditional phone. The F9 to F12 keys act as programmable speed-dial buttons.
The two companies plan jointly to market the European version of the Logitech EasyCall Desktop, engaging in regional promotions and direct outreach to Logitech customers and the Skype community. The EasyCall Desktop will be available in stores throughout Europe beginning in mid-September. It will also be available through the Skype online store at Skype.com/store.
"Skype has been a driving force behind the success of Internet calling in Europe," said Denis Pavillard, Logitech's vice president of product marketing for keyboards and desktops. "Working with Skype, we've integrated the Skype Internet calling experience with a complete desktop solution, so that people can quickly access the Skype features they've come to rely on. And the desktop's speakerphone means that people are now able to include friends and family on an Internet call."
"We are delighted about the expansion of our relationship with Logitech," said James Bilefield, general manager for Europe, Skype. "We've had great success working with Logitech to bring video to Skype users worldwide, and we are confident that this new desktop solution will make it easier than ever for people to place and receive Skype calls at their desk."
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