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The news is official now: Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc.
This is a major step in the spread of the open and standard XMPP (eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) protocol. With Cisco, it’s another major player who decided to invest on the future of instant messaging. This is also a major event in the battle between XMPP and SIP/SIMPLE for the domination of open instant messaging standards: CISCO used to have its own instant messaging platform build on the SIP/SIMPLE protocol.
This is good news for all XMPP server developers and for other independant XMPP server providers.
The full news can be read on Cisco web site: Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber
Remember that ‘Jabber’ is a set of standard and free protocols (XMPP published by IETF, and XEPs published by XSF). This announcement about Cisco are related to ‘Jabber, Inc.’, a private company based in Denver (USA) that develops Jabber XCP, a closed source implementation of XMPP.