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Microsoft unveils new webcam this spring


Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a new webcam this spring after it introduced its first such camera in 2006.

The software giant has previously introduced a variety of webcams under its LifeCam brand but has not updated them significantly for 10 years.

As the company has done for several years, Microsoft is preparing for a Surface-style event this spring.

While the company is expected to announce the update of its Surface Laptop, the company also has other extensions on the agenda, including the new camera.

It is said that the next camera includes a privacy cover and supports HDR.

While Microsoft uses 4K USB-C webcams via Surface Hub 2, this new webcam is rumored to exceed 4K support.

It's not clear what accuracy is supported, or whether it supports facial recognition in Windows Hello.

It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will choose to use the Surface brand with this new webcam.

Panos Panay, Microsoft's president of Windows and Hardware, hinted throughout 2018 that the company was considering launching Surface-branded cameras.

Panay said at the time: Look at the camera via Surface Hub 2, and notice it's a USB-C-based camera and the idea that we can offer a high-resolution camera to an experience, and you can probably guess that this is going to happen.

This is not the first time a new Microsoft webcam has been rumored.

Two new cameras will arrive in 2019, one for Windows and one for the Xbox platform, it said.

These cameras were never launched, and consumers and companies relied on cameras from Logitech, Razer, and others instead.

Webcams quickly became a tool in 2020, as consumers flocked to buy appliances to work from home during the epidemic.

Camera prices also rose briefly early in the epidemic, before supply caught up and demand stabilized at the end of 2020.