Logitech Buys Videoconferencing Outfit LifeSize

PC peripherals maker Logitech International has done its largest ever acquisition, by purchasing videoconferencing system maker LifeSize Communications for $405 million. This definitely represents an interesting new twist in the videoconferencing space. Given Cisco Systems’ $3 billion acquisition of market leader Tandberg a few weeks back (now contested by investors who want a higher price), I would have thought that Polycom or Hewlett-Packard would have gone after LifeSize to fill out their product lines. The Austin-based company, which I’ve written about a few times, has been one of the faster growers thanks to its less expensive, easy to use gear.

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