Cisco Acquires Jabber
Sept. 19, 2008 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc., a provider of presence and messaging software. Based in Denver, Jabber will work with Cisco to enhance the existing presence and messaging functions of Cisco’s Collaboration portfolio.
Now let’s start the confusion games. What Cisco bought is Jabber, Inc., builer of a instant messaging servers as well as a generic software platform for a wide range of real-time, presence-enabled applications based on the XMP Protool (XMPP). Jabber, Inc. is a founding sponsor and long-time contributor to the XMPP Standards Foundation. In addition to the company’s financial and organizational support for the XSF, key individuals from the company provide much of the technical leadership for the broader Jabber/XMPP community through active participation in the XMPP Council and authorship of numerous XMPP Extension Protocols.
Cisco DID NOT buy the XMPP (Jabber) specifications! These are still handled by the XMPP Standards Foundation and – due to a legal agreement between the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) and Jabber, Inc. regarding the Jabber trademark, which Cisco has inherited through this acquisition – nothing will probably change.
So repeat after me: „Cisco did not buy a IM and presence protocol called „Jabber” and not a IM Client called „Jabber”, Cisco di buy another software company called „Jabber”.”
Maybe we should follow Coccinella and stop using „Jabber Client” and „Jabber Server” and start use „IM based on XMPP” or such a term.
What still baffles me is, what Cisco will do with all its presence and messaging solutions. Compete with IBM, Microsoft and Open Source solutions?