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LifeSize Debuts LifeSize (R) Desktop (TM), Extending the LifeSize HD Video Communications Experience to the PC

June 16, 2009 | Chris Payatagool
Thumbnail image for lifesize_room_465x233px.jpgStandalone, PC-based Solution Mobilizes High Definition Video Communications, Enabling Users to Collaborate from Anywhere in the World

Austin, Tex. - June 15, 2009 - LifeSize Communications, the global leader in high definition video communications, today announced LifeSize(R) Desktop (TM), a standalone video conferencing solution that delivers HD video communications from the convenience of a PC. LifeSize Desktop works with off-the-shelf web cams and is performance-optimized for today's PC's, allowing knowledge workers to stay connected to colleagues, customers, or partners from virtually anywhere in the world, whether in the office, at home, or while traveling.

LifeSize pioneered HD video communications to enable remote communications as naturally as in-person meetings, and the availability of LifeSize Desktop provides an ideal solution to extend video communications to the individual, often mobile user. LifeSize Desktop delivers HD video decode at 720p, 30 frames per second, in full 16:9 format, as well as HD audio with echo cancellation for productive collaboration. Designed for performance and efficiency, LifeSize Desktop's low CPU utilization enables HD video calls even with multiple concurrent applications running on the PC. Remote users can easily connect and receive high quality video at any bandwidth, over the corporate VPN or through LifeSize Transit, for secure NAT/Firewall traversal.

Unlike competing solutions, LifeSize Desktop is a standalone software client. The intuitive, easy-to-use interface provides a common LifeSize user experience from the desktop to the conference room. Simple to deploy and easy to use, the application is standards-based and interoperable with other SIP-based desktop or room-based video communications systems.
 
"Customers have asked for a powerful and easy-to-use desktop video communications system that allows them to extend the investment in their LifeSize Conference, Room, Team or Express systems," said Craig Malloy, CEO and founder, LifeSize Communications. "With LifeSize Desktop, we're giving customers the ability to connect everyone within their organization to the rich communications and collaboration experience of a LifeSize enterprise deployment, including mobile users who are often most at risk for becoming disconnected from their co-workers."

With LifeSize Desktop installed on their PC, knowledge workers can stay virtually connected even when they are away from their primary office environment. For example, organizations can deploy a LifeSize Room 200 or Team 200 system with integrated multipoint in their conference room, and meet face-to-face with team members who may be traveling or in remote locations. LifeSize Desktop users can participate in the meeting as any other video system, enabling collaboration in high definition.

LifeSize Desktop joins the LifeSize family of high definition video communications solutions, including HD video systems spanning telepresence to personal video communications. LifeSize was the first company to deliver FullHD video, and LifeSize HD video continues to deliver unmatched price/performance, allowing more organizations to benefit from the power of communicating in high definition.

Availability
LifeSize Desktop will be available in Q3 2009. A free 30-day trial will be available for download at www.lifesize.com.  LifeSize Desktop licenses are available in packages of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 seat licenses.

About LifeSize Communications

LifeSize is the first company to develop and deliver high definition video communications products. Founded in 2003 by industry veterans and named "Videoconferencing Company of the Year" in 2007 by Videoconferencing Insight. LifeSize's award winning solutions combine exceptional quality, user simplicity and administrator manageability to make video communications a productive, true-to-life experience. LifeSize is headquartered in Austin, TX with subsidiaries in Europe and Asia Pacific, and a network of channel partners reaching more than 80 countries.

To see how customers are putting LifeSize products to work, case studies are available for download at: http://www.lifesize.com/solutions/case_studies
For a complete list of the LifeSize HD product portfolio including see www.lifesize.com

To interact directly with LifeSize's CTO on video conferencing technology, trends, products, features, people, read Casey King's blog at http://www.lifesize.com/videoconferencingking.com.







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