I've noticed a few discussions out in the community on how Microsoft’s great new LifeCams don’t quite work yet with Windows Vista.
Well, to find out for myself, I just bought the Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 this weekend. I’m happy to say I am currently testing beta drivers for the LifeCams, to which Windows Vista Technical Beta testers also have access to (via Microsoft Connect). No need to worry if you're not part of that program -- drivers are coming full-speed ahead for these neat new webcams which will work very well on Windows Vista.
I was going to buy a Lifecam for my brother 3 weeks ago, but passed because I wasnt sure he would use it that much so I may just get him a Xbox360 live vision webcam. As I think that the Xbox360 webcam is also supported under windows.
I may still by a Lifecam for my wifes Grandmother as I like the fact that there is a button on the top that can autolaunch MSN messenger, its a lot easier to tell someone who isnt that computer literate to press the big button on top of the webcam than tell them how to navigate to open messenger.
The Xbox 360 camera is pretty neat, I saw it in Gamestop, its incredibly small, hopefully that will appeal to the Japanese gamers who like things to be compact.
PS I think that you guys are doing a great job with making more people able to connect to each other by text or video messaging. My family lives in the UK and its great to be able to see them using MSN messenger with my logitech webcam. My goal is to get my extended family using webcams soon, and every step forward you guys take in this area is welcome.
My only complaint is that I wish the cool stuff would come faster.
Its great that you guys have teamed up with a mobile phone company in France, and I cant wait for it to happen in 2007 in Britain too.
Infact my big problem with Instant messaging is that my generation in the UK sort of skipped the crase, being more of a email and cellphone generation. It still interests be that my generation although in our late 20's use technology so differently to my younger sisters generation.
Just read this post from the Windows Vista Team Blog regarding Vista device drivers for Microsofts LifeCam range of web cams... "...drivers are coming full-speed ahead for these neat new webcams which will work very well on Windows Vista." I recently
Now only if the RoundTable was for consumers and Live Messenger or at least Office Communicator. But MS have kept it for server-side software.
Apparently the Windows Vista Upgrade Program runs from the 13th of October in the UK.
Free Vista Upgrades were available from Evesham in the UK according to this article were available from the 13th of October.
Still no info on what the terms and condition of the coupon is yet, or how you get it.
Man I'll be one sad dude if you had to purchase a PC with a coupon from the 13th onwards as I purchased my HP MCE laptop on the 8th October, and waited till the last moment to open it (stupid Office Depot 14 day return policy!).
Just called up two Evesham stores in the UK, acccording to one employee says that most PCs come with the coupon now, another staff member said the program will start Thursday.
I guess that confirms that the program officially starts on the 26th of October. But Evesham are running with it early under some conditions.
According to the lady I spoke to there will be a vista coupon in each box and you can then go online to place an order with some registration code.
She seemed to think that it only applied to MCE PCs that are vista ready in some form!
They didnt seem to knowledgeable, however if anyone else can get details call Evesham in the UK.
I can't afford to keep calling long distance, it seems like Im out of luck this time by a few days ... no vista coupon for me :-(
Just a note...Of course I live in the US, and so there is no guarantee that the program will be exactly the same in the US as in the UK!
Hey newscientist2000: drop me a line via email, if you don't mind.
I have done just that Nick, keep up the good work!