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Free Cisco Jabber: Where's the Federation?

April 25, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
Cisco-logo.gifWhy not just federate Cisco's platform and Jabber client with the existing (non-Cisco) IM products using XMPP, rather than rolling out Jabber everywhere?

April 24, 2012 by Marty Parker via
-- The buzz this week comes from a CRN Article and a Cisco Blog Post. Cisco is offering free Jabber clients for ONLY presence and instant messaging (IM) for enterprises who have purchased and installed the Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM). In the blog post, Barry O'Sullivan writes:

"We feel presence and IM are the starting points of collaboration, not the final destination.
"Consequently, once licensed for additional workloads, customers can use Jabber to move beyond IM to more advanced collaboration capabilities that can transform their business--such as enabling employees to easily engage in a TelePresence meeting from their mobile devices."

Hey, that's really a good marketing ploy--once you own a Cisco Unified Communication Manager, you can put the new Cisco IM and Presence client on as many desktop PCs (Windows or Mac) as you wish, as well as having the client on tablets and mobile devices.

But the offer is really not in synch with market realities nor with the major claim Cisco made when they purchased Jabber, that Jabber is based on the XMPP standard and can easily interoperate with other presence and IM products.

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