Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Do you have family and close friends living overseas? Do you yearn to spend Christmas with them to watch them open their Christmas gifts? Are you physically unfit to travel or maybe you can’t afford the airfares? With the weakening Rand, many South African’s will be in this position and need to look at alternatives to spend time with family and friends.

“There is a quick, cheaper and easier way to be in touch and see your loved one’s opening their Christmas gifts in person,” says Cindy White, Microsoft Group Marketing Manager for Entertainment and Devices.

Microsoft Hardware and the Windows Live team have joined forces to introduce a line of LifeCams including the LifeCam VX-6000 and LifeCam VX-3000. “The new line of webcams dramatically simplifies the video communications experience to let people see, hear and share life’s experiences in an extraordinary way,” explains White.

The LifeCam’s are optimised for use with Windows Live Messenger, the world’s largest instant messaging network. LifeCams meet the growing demand for easier, more meaningful connections. “All you have to do is press the Windows Live Call button located at the top of each LifeCam. Use the buddy picker, a tool that shows only current online buddies, and then simply select your contact’s name and you are on your way in seeing them ‘live’. “Making a video call is really easy even for uneducated technology users,” says White.

These products have a built-in dashboard providing easy access to tools that users need during the video call, including tilt, pan and zoom. The LifeCams feature a built-in acoustic noise-cancelling microphone to ensure crystal-clear audio performance without adding clutter from extra headsets or external microphones.

In addition, both new LifeCams come with fun Video Effects, such as falling snowflakes and twinkling stars, to personalise and enhance the background of video conversations. The LifeCams also have a Universal Attachment Base for easy and secure attachment to virtually any size monitor.

The Lifecams are available at leading retailers at the following estimated retail prices:
Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000: R899,00
Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000: R499,00

“Consumers are increasingly embracing technology that supports relationship-centered digital communications. Christmas is a time for giving and sharing and we are glad that we can help bring friends and family living on different continents together this Festive Season,” concludes White.

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