Cisco acquired PostPath, an e-mail offering as announced in a blog post by the VP of their Collaboration Software Group, Cisco has stated that this is part of their “cloud-based collaboration platform”.
This acquisition is interesting on a few fronts.
1) It’s a remarkable reversal. Just a year ago, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer, Joe Burton was decrying “the rapidly declining importance of email” (Is Your PC Just a Paperweight – August 8, 2007), and a year later, the company is writing a $220mm check for email technology.
2) Microsoft has long held that e-mail is a critical component of unified communications, and that is what we’ve delivered from day one. Competitors are waking up to the fact that you can’t really deliver UC without email and are trying to catch up. We have a 15 year head start with Exchange Server, which today runs seamlessly with conferencing, instant messaging, voice, and Office applications for millions of customers.