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December 13, 2007

Samsung Intros Microsoft-Based Wireless Digital Photo Frame

By Divya Narain, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics America Inc. has announced the latest addition to its line of wireless digital photo frames, the new 8" Digital Photo Frame SPF-83V, powered by Microsoft (News - Alert) technology. The new release from the Information Technology Division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd, comes in time for the holiday season.

The innovative product allows customers to wirelessly display photos from sharing sites like Windows Live Spaces or from personal collections on their PC. Sharing photos using the Windows Live Photo Gallery becomes a breeze. Once the user uploads photos or albums from the PC to Windows Live Spaces, they are ready for display on the frame. Based on the technology evolved by Microsoft Research, the frame seamlessly communicates with Windows Media Player and open standards such as RSS.
Samsung and Microsoft have collaborated on several projects in the past. The two giants entered into a patent cross-licensing agreement in April 2007.
"Our latest digital photo frames, based on cutting-edge technology from the Microsoft Research labs, are easy to use and are one of the few offerings in the marketplace that offer a 'network' approach to digital photo sharing. This is a great example of our ongoing collaboration with Microsoft, and we are confident that the resulting product will be received extremely well," noted Christopher Franey, vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, Information Technology Division.
"Working with industry leaders such as Samsung to allow them to deploy Microsoft's innovative technologies and bring great products and services to customers more rapidly is what our intellectual property licensing efforts are all about," agreed Louis Carbonneau, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. "This is just one example of how our dedication to open innovation can lead to greater collaboration between two technology industry leaders and to great products -- right in time for the holidays."
Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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