Microsoft details VoIP and video plans

Windows Live service to offer features such as click-to-call VoIP. Also: Company will develop new VoIP phones.

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled details of plans for VoIP and video products offered through Windows Live services that will include new VoIP phones and a click-to-call feature for address book names.

The software giant already offers free video communications powered by Logitech and PC-to-PC VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) capabilities via MSN Messenger, as well as one-way PC-to-phone calling capabilities in select markets via its Windows Live Messenger.

However, Microsoft later this year plans to either expand its VoIP-related offerings or test new features for Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Search and Windows Live Messenger. This move is part of its overall Live services strategy .

Windows Live Mail, currently a desktop beta, will feature a free e-mail client designed to enable users to right-click on their address book contacts to launch a PC-to-PC voice or video conversation.

Microsoft also plans to test its Windows Live Search, which aims to allow users to make a direct call from their PC to the search result.

And the software giant hopes to introduce new VoIP phones designed to make PC-to-PC calls and one-way PC-to-phone calls via Windows Live Messenger. The phones also will be designed to work on a traditional telecommunications network.

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