December 9, 1996 6:35 PM ET

VocalTec adds videoconferencing to telephony software
By Maria Seminerio

  Internet Phone developer VocalTec Ltd. today began shipping a video-ready version of the Internet telephony software.

Internet Phone Release 4 with Video delivers videoconferencing capabilities via regular modem connections and desktop video cameras, VocalTec officials said. The product features a bandwidth management utility capable of scaling from dial-up connections to LANs, simultaneous communication, file exchange and collaborative World Wide Web surfing capabilities, a zoom feature, a choice of audio and video compression algorithms, and support for color and black-and-white video.

Users with 28.8K-bps modems will see frame rates of between four and eight images per second; those with higher-speed connections can receive up to 15 images per second using the product, officials said.

Internet Phone Release 4 with Video also includes firewall support and voice mail capabilities. Minimum requirements are a 75MHz Pentium processor, 16M bytes of RAM, and Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 with a 32-bit Winsock-compatible TCP/IP Internet or direct network connection. A Windows-compatible sound card, microphone and speaker are also required.

Videoconferencing requires a parallel port video camera or a camera with a standard Windows-compatible video-capture card. Video images can be received without the use of a camera, however. Pricing is $49.95 for new users, and the product is available for free download for registered users of Internet Phone Release 4.

Also today, the Herzliya, Israel, company announced the release of Internet Phone Release 4 for Windows 3.1, available at and priced at $49.95, or $29.95 for registered users of Internet Phone Release 3.

VocalTec's North American headquarters is in Northvale, N.J.

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