Are Skype and Cisco a Good Fit?
Cisco has long wanted to be top dog of video-conferencing; Skype already is.
"I think this is a win-win for both companies. John Chambers, Ciscos CEO, has long thought that Cisco should be thought of as not just the big dog of networking, but of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video-conferencing as well. Alas, while some enterprises bought into this, most people still preferred cheaper, easier solutions like Skype," writes ZDNet's Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols.
"Indeed, if you were ask people about VoIP, I have no doubt that, Skype, and not Cisco, would be the first brand to spring to mind. After all, Skype has become almost omnipresent in PC-based VoIP and video-conferencing despite the best efforts of rivals ranging from Cisco to the business video-conferencing vendors such as Polycom and Tandberg to would-be contenders for small-office/home (SOHO) video-conferencing like ooVoo," Vaughan-Nichols writes.
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Does Cisco buying Skype make sense?