Cisco upgrades push Jabber to center stage

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Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) hasn't always made a big deal out of its Jabber IM product, but the company has announced some new features that is likely to push the product onto the same consumer-awareness level as its No. 1 competitor, Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Skype.

The company announced a number of product improvements at last week's Enterprise Connect, focusing on TelePresence and Jabber, designed to make collaboration easier.

At the top of the list was Jabber's extension to iPad, a tip of the hat to Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) hot tablet and its impact on enterprise and collaboration. It's also being extended to Windows. The move will allow Jabber customers to collaborate from anywhere and across the most popular operating systems utilizing high definition video, voice, presence, instant messaging, desktop sharing, conferencing and visual voicemail.

Cisco said it also planned to expand Jabber's native integration with TelePresence, giving mobile users a way to initiate and connect into a TelePresence session.

On the high-end, Cisco also introduced a new, three-screen TelePresence platform--the TX9000 Series--that delivers HD quality video and collaboration capabilities like Cisco WebEx. It's also designed to be interoperable with all standards-based endpoints from other vendors.

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