Microsoft Hardware gets 'Skype-Certified' Stamp. Skype has certified Microsoft Hardware's HD webcams and USB Microsoft headsets, and the products will soon ship with a bright blue stamp on the box: "Skype Certified," Microsoft revealed.
That seal of approval - granted after months of testing by engineers at Skype - means users are guaranteed to have an optimal Skype experience, including HD quality video calls.
"The essence of certification is for Skype to guide its users to the best hardware that will produce the best Skype experiences," said Ed Botterill, head of Skype Certification. The newly certified hardware marks the beginning of a partnership to "push the envelope of great hardware experiences," he said.
Meanwhile, Microsoft Hardware is looking forward to getting its products exposure to millions of Skype customers via the online Skype store, said Kurt Wrisley, senior program manager with Microsoft Hardware. "Getting their endorsement on your box is huge," he said. With users making 300 billion minutes of calls annually, Skype is a certified online powerhouse; telling Skype users they'll get a great experience with Microsoft's own hardware is a huge win for the company, he said.
Andrew Juenger, a senior design verification engineer for Microsoft Hardware noted that Skype certification means users of Microsoft's webcams will be able to make HD calls enabled with the Skype client - something that's possible only with the Skype-certified stamp.
'Hank,' a green-tinted head and torso simulator (HATS), plays a key role in Microsoft Hardware testing.