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UPDATE: Microsoft Research released Portrait 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile 5
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 24.01.07 - 17:42:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10331x
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If you are a long-time the::unwired reader, I'm sure you remember Microsoft Research's Portrait for Pocket PC and PC, released back in the early days of Pocket PCs (see the USA Today article here). Basically, Portrait was one of the first applications which utilized cameras for mobile video communication. It supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones as well as Handheld PCs. It runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second.
Microsoft Portrait delivers portrait-like video if users are in low bandwidths and displays full-color video if users are in broadband. In low bandwidths, portrait video possesses clearer shape, smoother motion, shorter latency and much cheaper computational cost than do conventional video technologies. Microsoft Portrait pursues providing presence notification, chat/voice/video functions anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Now, after long period of inactivity, Microsoft Reasearch released a new version which finally support Windows Mobile 5 which support any built-in or plug-in camera and even choose one from among multiple cameras.

I haven't tried it yet but will install it tonight on both, my Universal and Hermes, hopefully the inbuilt video telephony camera is supported now as well. If so, it could easily replace some other VoIP applications I currently have on my Windows Mobile devices.

Cheers ~ Arne

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