Cisco's highly publicized cooperation with Microsoft on unified communications will focus on sharing presence information as well as on voice mail, Web conferencing and other areas, a Cisco executive said Tuesday.
Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledged last month to make their companies' technologies work together even as they compete in areas such as voice call control. Details of the effort have been scarce, and some critics have called the Webcast promise a mere show of peace between two companies struggling over the lucrative communications and collaboration business.
Unified communications is a buzzword for combining all forms of IP communications, making them accessible on a single client or from within applications. Because all voice calls, text messaging, videoconferences and online collaboration can be controlled by software, Microsoft is pitted against Cisco and longtime telecom vendors in the battle for this market.