Last week Cisco bought Jabber, the maker of Instant Messaging products and the company behind the XMPP standard for Instant Messaging. The XMPP standard has already gained a lot of traction – it's the technology behind Google talk and many chat servers including Openfire, ejabberd and more.
Cisco will be integrating Jabber technology into all its unified communications products and making XMPP the de facto standard for CISCO products. Cisco is a pretty nice name to have on your list of 'Allies' and this is a tremendous shot in the arm for the XMPP standard and for Internet Messaging in general.
Internet Messaging needs a strong, ubiquitous open standard and it looks like XMPP is going to prevail. Is the death bell ringing for proprietary internet messaging servers such as Office Communications Server (OCS)...?