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Cisco Teams With Jabber For Collaborative Messaging

Jabber, a real-time messaging company, on Tuesday plans to announce the integration of its Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) with Cisco's Unified MeetingPlace conferencing product, bringing video, voice, and Web conferencing to customers through the Jabber Messenger client.

With the addition of these capabilities, Cisco's communications platform gains a capability missing from competing offerings from IBM and Microsoft, according to Jabber CEO Paul Guerin: multiuser chat. "IBM and Microsoft don't even offer multiuser chat at this point," he says.

Jabber XCP is an open, real-time presence and messaging platform that makes communication easier by streaming XML data. The company has done similar integrations with Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional (formerly Macromedia Breeze) and WebEx.

"This is very much a customer-driven partnership," says Guerin. "Cisco is doing well with Wall Street and government customers, so it's a natural fit."

The Cisco-Jabber integration aims to make communication and collaboration easier by exposing presence information so workers know when their coworkers are free to interact and by providing easy access to voice, video, and Web conferencing.

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