Logitech and Skype Team Up on Video
Logitech to Provide Skype-Certified Webcams and Headsets
FREMONT, Calif. and LUXEMBOURG — Dec. 1, 2005 — Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), 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.”
Logitech webcams that have been certified by Skype include QuickCam® Fusion™, QuickCam® Orbit™, QuickCam® Pro 5000, QuickCam® Pro 4000, QuickCam® Communicate STX, QuickCam® Chat, QuickCam® Zoom, and QuickCam® for Notebooks Pro. Logitech headsets that have been certified by Skype include the Logitech® USB Premium Headset 350, the Logitech® USB Headset 250, the Logitech® Premium Stereo Headset, and the Logitech® Internet Chat Headset. These webcams and headsets are available worldwide at www.logitech.com. In the U.S., the Logitech Premium USB Headset 250 is also available at RadioShack as part of a program featuring Skype-certified products.
Logitech´s global relationship with Skype is a natural fit. Logitech is the worldwide leader with more than 25 million webcams sold. The company holds market leadership positions with its Internet communications products — webcams and PC headsets — in many major markets, including the United States, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Skype is the world´s fastest growing service for Internet communication, allowing people everywhere to make unlimited voice and video calls for free. Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium service offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, as well as voicemail and call forwarding services. Skype also has a growing network of hardware and software partners. Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit www.skype.com.
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