Smile! Yahoo launches video e-mail

Lights, camera, e-mail? Users of Yahoo Inc.'s mail service may be saying just that with the launch Monday of Yahoo's free video e-mail service, made possible through the company's alliance with personal video provider SpotLife Inc.

With a PC video camera and a Yahoo mail account, users can now create video e-mails that will be managed and stored by SpotLife. Video mail recipients will be sent an e-mail with a link to the video, which they can view using SpotLife Player or Windows Media Player.

Because SpotLife stores the video e-mails, users do not need to worry about storing large video and audio files on their PCs, the companies said. Additionally, the service can be accessed by consumers using broadband or dial-up connections, they added, although the video quality will be higher for broadband customers.

The new service allows users to record videos of up to 30 seconds with real time audio, a SpotLife representative said.

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