To Compete With Microsoft, Cisco Launches WebEx to Integrate Its Office Software This Summer

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This summer, by devoting 3.2 billion USD to its online meeting software WebEx, Cisco seems to absorb itself into the online office software market that many vendors like Microsoft & Google have participated in.

Nothing is impossible!

The WebEx online meeting software is an ideal integrative platform in fact

Doug Dennerline, the Director of Cisco Software Center, told recently that Cisco were considering to add new functions to the WebEx Connect online meeting service, enabling users to create and share files, according to Reuters.

Besides providing relevant features on files, Cisco plans to integrate Jabber enterprise real-time communication function, which was bought last year, with the Call Manager VoIP function.

Also, Cisco may adopt the PostPath technology, also bought last year, to offer mail and events calendar service under the WebEx brand.

It is estimated that the new version of WebEx Connect will be released this summer.

"The WebEx online meeting software is an ideal integrative platform in fact," said Anders Bylund, the chief writer of The Motley Fool.

It is not a new field for Cisco. WebEx has an excellent online communication and information sharing function. Thus, the online office software integration won't be a hard task.

Bylund predicts that with GoogleWave or other open platforms, this new version of WebEx might bring overwhelming threat to Microsoft Office software.

Compared to the online service designed by Microsoft, Cisco WebEx is more likely to appeal to these enterprise users.

As to the Cloud Computing, Cisco doesn't attempt to dominant this market; instead, they are willing to sell servers or routers, to accelerate other companies, according to Padmasree Warrior, the chief technology officer of Cisco.

But Bylund believes that Cisco has recognized its pale influence in this market, and that Cisco made this decision to spare itself from trouble.


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