Jabber announced integration of its technology with Cisco so you can transition from a Jabber real-time collaboration experience into a web conferencing session using Cisco's technology:
January 9, 2007 – Denver, Colo. – Jabber, Inc. today announced that the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) has been integrated with the Cisco® Unified MeetingPlace® conferencing solution, allowing customers to simply launch integrated voice, video, and Web conferences from the Jabber Messenger client.
The Cisco Unified MeetingPlace® Jabber Messaging Integration solution helps organizations collaborate effectively by allowing users to initiate and join Cisco Unified MeetingPlace rich-media conferences directly from the Jabber Messenger interface.
The deal is primarily driven by common customers in the financial services and government sectors but it will be interesting to see how Cisco plays its cards concerning XMPP. Even though Cisco is strongly committed to SIP and SIMPLE, in the chess match between itself and Microsoft, being able to tout interoperability with XMPP environments is a plus. For Jabber, the more partners that support its technology base and the ability for the company to offer solutions that span both consumer and enterprise environments helps keep it a relevant player in the unified communications market.