BERKELEY, Calif. – Sept. 16, 2008 – SightSpeed Inc., the leading provider of Internet video chat and conferencing, today announced that its award-winning video and voice communications services are now available on “netbook” PCs -- the new mini-notebook category. With its announcement, SightSpeed achieves yet another first by becoming the only multi-party video and voice communications service to be fully cross-platform across all three major operating systems – Windows, Mac and Linux.
SightSpeed’s new Linux version is available now as the “Dell Video Chat powered by SightSpeed” application that comes pre-installed on the Linux build of Dell’s newly-launched Inspiron Mini 9 device. (Dell Video Chat, Windows version, is also pre-installed on the Windows XP version of the Mini 9.)
“The fact that Linux makes smaller demands on screen real estate has given us at SightSpeed new flexibility to design extremely intuitive and compelling controls for video calling – and worldwide telephone calling -- across these new smaller form factors,” says CEO Peter Csathy. “With a primary thrust of this new smaller category of netbooks being on-the-go communications, SightSpeed is paving the way for easy, high quality, face-to-face communications from any broadband connection. It’s all about carrying your friends and colleagues with you, wherever you go around the world.”
The new Linux-based version of “Dell Video Chat powered by SightSpeed” comes with four-way multiparty calling out of the box, as well as unlimited video mail storage and up to three-minute recording per mail – features that typically come only with the SightSpeed PLUS plan, at $9.95 per month. It is also optimized for the netbook platform.
“We know the specifications of the camera, speakers and microphones that are going into these new netbooks, and so we’ve optimized the factory version to take full advantage of them,” says Csathy. “As a result, SightSpeed’s best-in-class video and voice services have never been easier to use – the user is up, running and can make video and voice calls in less than 30 seconds.”
SightSpeed Inc. is the award-winning provider of a groundbreaking portfolio of Internet video communications services, based on patented human perception-based technology coming out of ten years of R&D at Cornell University. Its services include SightSpeed Free, the “gold standard” in Internet-based video chat for consumers; SightSpeed PLUS, a $9.95-per-month service with more features, including four-way simultaneous video chat and longer video e-mails; SightSpeed Light, a MySpace and hi5 widget that captures and creates video messages as posts, and SightSpeed Business, a full-featured suite of collaboration and productivity tools with simultaneous nine-way video/voice/text conferencing – an industry breakthrough – starting at $19.95 per month. SightSpeed is the first and only multi-party video and voice chat and conferencing service that works across all three major operating systems: Windows, Mac and Linux.
SIP-based and standards-compliant, SightSpeed’s services have won numerous “best in class” awards, including Frost & Sullivan's “Company of the Year” award, PC Magazine's “Editors' Choice,” PC World's “100 Best Products,” and a 2008 “Codie” from the Software & Information Industry Association.
Founded in 2001 and based in Berkeley, Calif., SightSpeed is a privately held company funded by The Roda Group, best known for launching Ask Jeeves and PolyServe. For more information visit SightSpeed online at www.sightspeed.com.
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