News
Commentary
10/29/2008
02:16 PM
Irwin Lazar
Irwin Lazar
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Logitech Acquires SightSpeed

Logitech announced today that it is acquiring SightSpeed, a personal and small group video conferencing service. I've been following SightSpeed since its inception, its initial claim to fame was high video quality across the Internet, and an easy to use interface. It has faced growing competition from services such as Skype, ooVoo, iChat AV, and IM services that have added their own video capabilities, while at the same time it has raised the bar by delivering low-cost small group conferencing and adding voice capabilities. It has also grown via channels such as Dell.It's too soon to know what the Logitech acquisition means. Obviously this is an interesting move for Logitech given that it has historically focused on the device market. Now it has effectively become a service provider. I'm guessing from Logitech's perspective, the ability to deliver a Logitech-branded video conferencing service will spur growth of their web cameras. In their press release, Logitech notably mentioned a goal of integrating video conferencing with the living room (i.e. television) experience.Still, this move is further evidence of the growth of video conferencing in all forms. After more than 40 years of promise, the age of video calling may finally be upon us.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest September 23, 2014
Intrigued by the concept of a converged infrastructure but worry you lack the expertise to DIY? Dell, HP, IBM, VMware, and other vendors want to help.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.