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IBM, Cisco Unveil Platform

(NYSE: IBM) and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced their intent to deliver
a new platform for unified communications and collaboration client
development. Based on open technologies such as Eclipse and OSGi, the
platform will accelerate application development by enabling developers to
easily include a rich set of communications and collaboration capabilities
in their solutions.
Additionally, the companies announced plans to deliver specific customer
offerings including a joint solution based on the new client platform and a
set of "plugins" that bring together the communications and collaboration
capabilities of both companies.

At the core of the unified communications and collaboration (UC2) Client
Platform will be an open set of application programming interfaces (APIs)
offered by IBM as a subset of Lotus Sametime collaboration capabilities
along with communication APIs provided by Cisco to access communications
functionality such as voice and video services. The Lotus Sametime
collaboration capabilities are built on IBM's Lotus Expeditor, which
contains open technologies from OSGi and Eclipse. This allows customers and
partners to build new classes of applications and services that are easily
managed and run across desktops, laptops, web browsers, and mobile devices.

Cisco and IBM will adopt the UC2 Client Platform to develop their own
unified communications and collaboration clients. Lotus Sametime 7.5 is
based on this platform and IBM plans that future releases will continue to
take advantage of the platform. Cisco also intends to develop future
versions of its Cisco Unified Personal Communicator client based on this
client platform.

In a separate release:

ORLANDO, Fla. --
Highlighting customer and partner demand for interoperability in the unified
communications market, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced it
is expanding Microsoft(R) interoperability to provide collaborative
real-time capabilities for customers using Cisco Unified Communications
solutions with Microsoft Exchange 2007, Microsoft Live Communications Server
2005, and Microsoft Office Communicator. In addition, Cisco confirmed that
its broad portfolio of Unified Communications solutions will support
Microsoft Windows Vista and Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0.

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