DETAILS OF MICROSOFT'S first ever High Definition webcam have been leaked by online electronic retailer Play.com, weeks ahead of the official launch date when details were to be first made public.
The INQUIRER saw a demonstration of the 720p HD webcam at a recent Vole press event, where we were required to sign an agreement that we couldn't publish any of its details until September 9th.
It appears that Play.com wasn't bound by that same Non Disclosure Agreement, as they've begun selling the product online even before Microsoft has admitted publically that it exists.
All the details relating to this ever-so top-secret webcam have now been outed by the retailing giant, leaving egg firmly on Microsoft's face and its agreement with the press in tatters.
We checked back on Play.com a short while ago, where the webpage still exists, only now the page that yesterday was selling the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema USB Webcam is blank.
Seeing as we had the fortuitous insight to take a screen shot just in case Play.com bowed to pressure from Vole HQ, we can exclusively prove this happened and show the product off in all its holy glory.
A colleague recently remarked, "I can't remember the last time I attended a press event where the details weren't leaked." Neither can we. µ
Update: It now appears Microsoft was at fault for getting Play.com in trouble. Vole central dispatched the advert to the online retailer without telling them to keep schtum until September 9th, according to a Play.com spokesperson.
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