Microsoft Ships Webcams, Windows Live Messenger

This week, Microsoft shipped its Windows Live Messenger instant messaging (IM) solution, along with two slick new Web cams, to help take advantage of the software's cool video-conferencing capabilities. The Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 and VX-6000 both include a noise-canceling microphone, a Live Call button for jumping quickly to a contacts list, and one-click photo uploading to Windows Live Spaces. However, whereas the VX-3000 offers pedestrian 640 x 480 resolution and still-image capabilities, the VX-6000 ups the ante with a 1.3-megapixel still and video camera. Not too shabby for $100. (The VX-3000 is just $50.

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