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MESSAGING: ORB launched cross-device Videomail for users of Thunderbird and Outlook
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 24.05.06 - 12:09:52 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8706x
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Orb Networks, definitely one of the pioneering developer of software for instant enjoyment of content everywhere, today announced the release of Orb VideoMail for users of Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook.

For the first time, Orb VideoMail frees video-based communication through E-Mail from the constraints of file sizes and file formats and extends videomail's reach to millions of mobile devices. Right from the E-Mail applications they use every day, users can express themselves with all the passion and precision that only video can provide.


The Orb application running on the user's always-connected PC streams the videomails that are authored within the Thunderbird or Outlook plugin on any PC and then securely transferred in the background from the plugin to the user's Orb PC. The videomails stream to recipients in the right media formats, bitrates, and screen resolutions for the devices on which they open the videomails. Any device with a streaming Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, Winamp Player, 3GP Player, or Macromedia Flash Player can play an Orb videomail, including mobile phones on any carrier network.

"Until now, file-transfer through E-Mail was what passed for videomail. This was bad enough for a PC-only experience. It's completely untenable in today's world of mobile Webmail," said Jim Behrens, CEO of Orb Networks. "Orb removes the barriers to videomail communication in our multidevice world. You shouldn't have to think about file sizes or file formats when you're sending a videomail, any more than you do when you're writing a text E-Mail. With Orb VideoMail you don't. This is true video mail: you author your message right from within the interface of your everyday E-Mail client; you make your message as long as you want; and you're sure that your contact can get your message, even on mobile devices."

"Combining Orb VideoMail with a Creative webcam is the perfect way to make video-based E-Mail as simple and as universal as text-based E-Mail," said Dr. Jeff Stoen, general manager for cameras at Creative. "From right within the E-Mail application you use daily, Orb integrates with Creative webcams – such as the new Live! Cam Voice – to provide a seamless way to communicate with personalized, high-quality video messages."

"Orb VideoMail puts the power of the Orb platform at the service of communication," said Behrens. "Up until now, Orb has mainly been focused on empowering our users to 'mycast' all their home and Internet television, music, and video content to themselves wherever they are. Orb users could already share photos and streams of home videos right from their home PC without having to upload them. Now Orb-enabled mycasting includes videomails from our users to all their contacts."

"The evolution of extensions like Orb VideoMail for Mozilla Thunderbird is exciting for users and a testament to the success of open source, community-driven projects," said Scott MacGregor, the Mozilla Thunderbird project lead.

Orb VideoMail is available now for free download at www.orb.com/videomail. All you need to get started is a "always connected" PC, the free ORB client and Orb Videomail, which is a great addition to Orb for Skype and makes your PC your true media and communication center. Since everything is stremed through industry standard protocols, such as Windows Media Audio and Video as well as 3GPP and Real, basically every multimedia handset user can receive and playback your Orb Videomail.
Now if someone would develop a driver for Windows Mobile devices that they could be used as an USB webcam with PCs which hasn't has inbuilt webcams like my Sony Vaio Notebook, this would be handy, especially on the go.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Frank on 24.05.06 - 15:21:53

Sounds like a great idea, even if I wont have a use for it (yet). Nevertheless, I like all the small add-ons, Orb comes around. Gives me a way better feeling, that they are still alive and continue the great work on their service.
Now if they would better support/integrate into Microsoft's MCE! Also I haven't get live TV working yet which brings me to the idea to buy some dedicated hardware to get the place shift TV up and running (I'm also using DVB-T like you). On the other hand, I haven't found DVB-T compatible hardware here in Europe so far.

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