High Quality Video now available with Skype 3.6 for Windows
If you are a business user already using Skype Video calling, or indeed if you are thinking of using Video calling, then now is a good time to upgrade to the latest version of [Skype 3.6 for Windows](http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/business.html) which includes a key new business feature – High Quality Video.
What is High Quality Video?
In simple terms it means that video calling with Skype is now sharper, smoother and better. This means you can see more detail than ever before. With High Quality Video, the video window on Skype has grown to 640×480 pixels, delivering up to 30 frames per second.
What do you need to get High Quality Video?
To experience free High Quality Video, this is what both sides of the conversation will need:
- [Skype 3.6 for Windows]( http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/business.html)
- a Logitech webcam that has been optimized and certified for High Quality Video (the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000, the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks or the Logitech QuickCam Sphere AF (Logitech QuickCam Orbit AF in the U.S.)
- Logitech QuickCam software, version 11.5
- a dual-core PC
- a broadband internet connection (384 kbps and above).
For more, please see the [High Quality Video page](http://www.skype.com/intl/en/allfeatures/videocall/) on the Skype website.
Where to get the webcams
The three webcams are already available worldwide, in retail as well as the Skype web store. In Europe, the Skype shop has a [special offer](http://www.skype.com/go/shop.accessories.hqwebcam) for the webcams. The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 or the Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks will normally cost €99.99, but if you head for the Skype webstore, you’ll also get a free headset, free shipping, and SkypeOut credit worth up to three hours of calls to landlines and mobiles. In the US, Skype [offers]( http://us.accessories.skype.com/store/skype/DisplayCategoryProductListPage/categoryID.11041900) a $20 rebate on either of these products ($99.99 before the rebate).
Why is video good for business?
If you use Skype at work or if you work from your home, free video calls will allow you to do more business face-to-face. You’ll build better relationships with clients and suppliers wherever they are in the world. You’ll save on travel (and do your bit for the environment, too) as you no longer have to leave your office to meet your contact ‘in person’.
Improve the bottom line at work
Kitting your office out with video conferencing technology can be very expensive, but not with Skype. With Skype you can easily set up a video connection between all your offices wherever they are in the world – and all your video calls will be free.
Plus, by providing staff with their own webcams, they can make free video calls from their desks to colleagues or contacts anywhere in the world for nothing.