Sharper, Smoother, Better: Skype and Logitech Join Forces, Fulfill Promise of High Quality Video-Calling Experience



    High Quality Video Provides VGA Resolution and 30 Frames Per Second for
People with Certified Logitech Webcam and Dual Core PC

    LUXEMBOURG & FREMONT, CALIF., October 30 /CNW/ - Skype and Logitech
(SWX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:  LOGI), the world's leading manufacturer of webcams, today
announced a collaboration to deliver a new standard of video calls over the
Internet: High Quality Video. With High Quality Video on Skype(TM), people
worldwide can enjoy free video calls that are sharper and smoother than ever
before. The experience is so good, it might be better than being there.

    "This is a major leap in the clarity and smoothness of free video calls
over the Internet," said Gareth O'Loughlin, Skype's general manager, mobile
and hardware devices. "High Quality Video is a tremendous opportunity to
delight our more than 246 million users and take their Skype experience to a
whole new level. One in four Skype calls already involve video, so we know our
users love to show and not just tell. High Quality Video will take Skype
conversations to a whole new level of realism. In the past, only big
businesses could afford this kind of video quality. It's now time to take it
to everyone else."

    "High Quality Video takes all the promises of video calling - staying
connected with family and friends, traveling the world without a suitcase and
increasing collaboration among colleagues spread across a global network - and
dramatically enhances the quality of the experience," said Gina Clark, general
manager and vice president of Logitech's Internet Communications business
unit. "Once people start enjoying High Quality Video at VGA resolution and 30
frames per second - a level of quality that is sharper and smoother than we've
ever seen on Skype before - it will quickly become an indispensable way to
stay connected."

    About High Quality Video

    Whether it's a father reading a book to his kids back home while he
travels for work, grandchildren giving their grandparents a close-up view of
their first lost tooth, or colleagues connecting across continents to discuss
a business proposal, High Quality Video offers image-perfect detail and
clarity to help people connect better with their friends and families,
co-workers and clients - without having to buy and install expensive
video-conferencing equipment.

    High Quality Video (Skype 3.6 for Windows and Logitech QuickCam(R)
software, version 11.5) brings VGA-quality video calls (640-by-480-pixels) at
up to 30 frames per second (fps) to people using a broadband connection (384
kbps connection or higher), a High Quality Video-certified Logitech webcam and
a PC with a dual-core processor. Both parties require minimum system
requirements to experience High Quality Video. As a result, people can enjoy
significantly sharper, smoother video calls in full-screen mode.

    A collaborative effort between Logitech and Skype, the High Quality Video
experience is created through Skype software, Logitech webcams, and a fully
redesigned set of drivers in the QuickCam software, all optimized to work
together in a way never achieved before. Logitech's new webcam drivers are
specially tuned to recognize callers who have the new Skype software.

    Logitech Webcams Certified for High Quality Video

    High Quality Video on Skype is available with the following premium
Logitech webcams: the Logitech(R) QuickCam(R) Pro 9000, the Logitech(R)
QuickCam(R) Pro for Notebooks and the Logitech(R) QuickCam(R) Orbit AF
(Logitech(R) QuickCam(R) Sphere AF in Europe).

    All three High Quality Video-certified webcams offer a Carl Zeiss lens
and a premium autofocus system for fast, fluid focusing that helps eliminate
the inconvenience of manual focusing. Logitech's autofocus system refocuses
images in less than three seconds and helps ensure that images remain crisp
even in extreme close-ups (up to 4 inches/10 cm from the camera lens).

    For the office and the home, the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 comes with a
flexible universal base, which allows it to rest comfortably on nearly any
monitor. For the on-the-go professional, the Logitech QuickCam Pro for
Notebooks is sold with a protective travel case and an adjustable,
spring-tension clip that accommodates even large laptops with panels up to 20
mm thick. The QuickCam Orbit AF webcam can cover 190 horizontal degrees and
100 vertical degrees of a room and offers a unique pan-and-tilt tracking
technology.

    Pricing and Availability

    Skype 3.6 for Windows is expected to be available as a free download at
skype.com in November and will support 28 languages. The Logitech QuickCam
Software version 11.5 is available now for free download at
www.logitech.com/downloads.

    The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 and Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks
webcams are available now worldwide for a suggested retail price of $99.99
(U.S.). The Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF (QuickCam Sphere AF) is available now
worldwide for a suggested retail price of $129.99 (U.S.). The webcams are also
available for purchase at www.skype.com/shop.

    About Skype

    Skype sets the standard in providing new and easy ways to stay in touch
over the internet. Millions of people every day make free Skype-to-Skype voice
and video calls and send instant messages using our software. Some pay a
little per minute for long-distance and international calls to phones and
mobiles and for SMS, voicemail and call forwarding, or they buy subscriptions
that give unlimited calls nationwide.

    We certify and sell hundreds of hardware products from more than 50
partners and work with third-party developers to create software to extend
Skype's functionality. Skype has been downloaded more than half a billion
times and over 246 million people from almost every corner of the globe have
registered.

    Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ:  EBAY), and you can learn more and get
Skype at www.skype.com.

    Make your world a smaller place: talk, share and do more with Skype.

    About Logitech

    Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in
PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment
control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International
is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the
Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

    Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts,
associated logos and the "S" symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited. Access to
a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all Skype Certified
devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional
telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

    Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in
the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its
products, visit the company's Web site at www.logitech.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Logitech Pamela McCracken, +1 510-713-4003
pamela_mccracken@logitech.com or Skype Villu Arak, +372 56 950 975
villu.arak@skype.net

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