A new version of SightSpeed recently became available and like when other SightSpeed upgrades rolled out, upgrading is mandatory. The interface is nice and modern. It is much sleeker than before. The SightSpeed site talks about better performance and better video quality. I’ve always thought the video quality was very good. I don’t see an improvement over the prior version at the same upload speed. I did notice that they have increased the maximum upload speed to 1500kbps. On my internet connection, I max out at 1100kbps and this might be the reason I don’t see the improvement.
As a user of SightSpeed, I would love to see some things added to the application. Here is a list of features that I think could offer members and organizations the additional encouragement to subscribe. Addressing these would really help to get SightSpeed into the corporate office and as well as add some functionality that is missing.
1) Offer integration into Outlook like Plaxo or Jajah. It would be nice to be able to look at a contact, see an icon that tells me if the person is available for SightSpeed Video Conferencing and then Click to Conference. I don’t like having to switch between applications if I don’t have to. A lot of people live inside Outlook and this would be a nice feature.
2) Offer embeddable tags to Add, Call, Chat, and Video Conference with other SightSpeed members. I’m not talking about the “Call me on SightSpeed” banners but something along the lines of what MSN offers. i.e. the ability to add someone with a single click. For example, with MSN I can use msnim:email@example.com — so that a user can add me to their Messenger contact list from a web page. I would love to see that functionality included.
3) Include SharePoint integration so I can click on members contact information and see an option where I can video conference with this person. Sort of a poor mans plug-in to replace Live Server.
4) Add LAN/WAN options. Different quality settings would be nice if I’m trying to talk across the LAN as opposed to across the internet. I have gigabit speed to burn on the LAN and being able to have the highest quality settings for talking to someone down the hall or a few floors down would be nice.
5) Support the Logitech PTZ controls. It’s supported on the Creative Web Cams. Logitech web cameras are pretty common if not more popular than Creative and supporting the Point, Tilt, and Zoom features of these cameras would be nice.