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.
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.