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Cisco to purchase messaging software company Jabber

Fri, 09/19/2008 - 8:10am
Mike Robuck

Cisco said today that it’s going to acquire privately held Jabber, which provides instant messaging software, in order to beef up its line of Internet-based communications tools.

Denver-based Jabber’s technology uses open standards to offer a scalable architecture that supports the aggregation of presence information across multiple devices, users and applications.

Cisco said the technology also enables collaboration across many different presence systems, such as Microsoft Office Communications Server, IBM Sametime, AOL AIM, Google and Yahoo.

"With the acquisition of Jabber, we will be able to extend the reach of our current instant messaging service and expand the capabilities of our collaboration platform,” said Doug Dennerline, Cisco’s senior vice president, collaboration software group.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Cisco said the purchase is slated to close near the end of January.

Cisco said yesterday that it has completed its purchase of PostPath. Mountain View, Calif.-based PostPath provides e-mail and calendaring software. With the close of the transaction, PostPath became part of the Cisco Collaboration Software Group.

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