Earlier this year, we announced our vision for Cisco Jabber, a unified communications application bringing together presence, instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing securely into one experience on any device, anywhere, and delivered through a traditional on-premises deployment, or via the cloud.
Jabber provides a simple way for business workers to easily and securely find the right people, to see if and on what device they are available, and to collaborate using their preferred method or device.
Last week, we took another big step in that vision, with the release of Cisco Jabber for Mac. This release delivers powerful new capabilities and a compelling user experience, providing what we feel is the richest UC experience for Mac users in the enterprise to date. Jabber for Mac continues our commitment to bring unified communications to “any device, anywhere.”
In addition to desktop environments, we have already delivered UC capabilities across Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Apple smartphone and tablet devices and will continue to roll out additional capabilities across these platforms. Beyond voice, voicemail and instant messaging, we have also included compelling applications for web conferencing (WebEx) and enterprise social software (Cisco Quad). In fact, WebEx became one of the most downloaded business applications on the iOS with over one million downloads from the iTunes App Store, and Cisco Mobile for iPhone won best of show at MacWorld when we introduced it in 2009.
Moving forward, we will continue to enhance our Windows and Mac user experiences while moving beyond desktop and mobile to browsers and virtual desktops, while continuing to innovate and lead the market with our video solutions. At Cisco we feel video is the new voice – the next killer app. We are continuing our progress to enable video on any device, anywhere – already available on mobile devices, such as the Cisco Cius in high definition and the iPad2 with WebEx.
With the Jabber SDK, Cisco makes it possible to develop web applications that embed UC capabilities, such as voice, presence, voicemail, instant messaging, and soon video. This enables partners and customers to consume Cisco’s unified communications from their own environment, such as portals; accomplished with standard web technologies.
Although browsers have yet to embed all necessary multimedia capabilities, the emergence of HTML5 and the WebRTC initiative are paving the way for a new expansion of unified communications. The voice and video support in HTML5 is making great progress, and soon you will be able to use any browser to communicate in real time. Likewise, Cisco is extending its communications software to virtual desktops, providing unrivalled deployment flexibility to customers and developers.
For more information about Cisco Jabber, please visit the Cisco Jabber site.