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Microsoft Launches Webcam Packs For Desktops, Notebooks

The LifeCams unveiled Tuesday are integrated with Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger software, which is also the company's instant messaging client.

Microsoft has launched two video camera packs, one for desktops and the other for notebooks.

The LifeCam VX-3000 Pack includes two desktop Webcams used for video conferencing over the Web. The Mobility Pack includes a LifeCam NX-6000 notebook Webcam, and the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000.

The LifeCams unveiled Tuesday are integrated with Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger software, which is also the company's instant messaging client. "These new packs provide a simple communications solution for those looking to keep in touch while at home, in the office or on the road," Michael Cowan, product marketing manager for Microsoft's hardware group, said in a statement.

When used with Live Messenger, the Webcams have several unique features, including a call button that allows users to open the contact list on their computer to quickly initiate video calls. The LifeCam Dashboard integrates navigational controls within the Live Messenger interface, and one-touch blogging is available for people to post photos to Microsoft's Windows Live Spaces site.

The LifeCam VX-3000 Pack sells for $79.95, and the Mobility Pack costs $119.95. The LifeCam NX-6000 included in the latter can take video and still pictures.

Microsoft unveiled the two Webcams nearly nine months ago. The products are a joint effort by the company's hardware division and its MSN group, which is responsible for the Web-based service line carrying the "Live" brand.

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