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March 20, 2008

TANDBERG to Deliver First High-Definition Webcam for Microsoft

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

TANDBERG, a provider of telepresence, high-definition videoconferencing, mobile video solutions, and Microsoft (News - Alert) Gold Partner, have announced a development initiative to deliver the “first high-definition webcam camera” for integration with Microsoft’s unified communications platform.

During a VoiceCon 2008 keynote address, which was delivered by Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president for unified communications at Microsoft, Microsoft showcased this development plan.

Indicating that his company is committed to investing in innovation that will extend access of high-definition video communications to the individual user at the desktop, Fredrik Halvorsen, CEO at TANDBERG, said in a statement, “This ground-breaking initiative reinforces our strong relationship with Microsoft and our commitment to unified communications.”

He pointed out that this new high-definition webcam investment advances TANDBERG's relationship with Microsoft and the company's commitment to Microsoft's unified communications platform.

“We believe that Microsoft has a strong position in the unified communications market,” said Halvorsen, while adding that they are making ongoing investments in Microsoft Office Communication Server development to ensure that they are well placed to realize the benefits.

Earlier this week, TANDBERG announced interoperability of its video systems with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and licensed the Microsoft RT Video codec and Microsoft RT Audio codec.

TANDBERG is expected to deliver the camera in conjunction with Microsoft’s intended support of high-definition video in its next release of Microsoft Office Communications Server. The new camera is scheduled to be available during the first half of 2009.

Also, this week, TANDBERG released its first environmental sustainability review, with a pledge to cut air travel and energy use by 10 percent. The report, conducted by Bergfald & Co., establishes a benchmark study for TANDBERG and sets the stage for periodic evaluations of the company’s environmental progress.


Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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