MSN Eyes IM Video, Audio
MSN teams with Logitech to improve the quality and synchronization of video and audio in its instant messaging service.MSN plans to enhance the video and audio capabilities in its instant messaging service this spring so that users can speak with their contacts over the Internet. The Internet division of Microsoft Corp. Wednesday extended a partnership with Logitech International SA for the video and audio capabilities in MSN Messenger. The companies announced the new features at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany. MSN, though, stopped short of revealing any plans to compete directly in the rapidly expanding consumer voice-over-IP market. Top IM competitor America Online Inc. this week confirmed plans for an Internet phone service using its AOL Instant Messenger.
Meanwhile, the poster child for the new wave of Internet telephony, Skype Technologies SA, made its presence known at CeBIT. Niklas Zennström, the companys CEO and co-founder, said Skype is signing up 155,000 users a day.