Cisco has upgraded its Jabber Instant Messaging and also upgraded its large-scale telepresence systems in its bid to become a bigger player in the enterprise collaboration market. In addition to the upgrades to Jabber, Cisco plans to roll out the first iteration of Jabber for the iPad. It will also roll out an upgraded version for Windos desktops and laptop PCs. In terms of hardware, Cisco has rolled out a new line of its large telepresence “immersive” collaboration network device, the TX9000.
The iPad version of Jabber enables users to communicate using conferencing, presence, IM, video, and voice. The Jabber iPad version uses the SIP, XMPP, and H264 standards for interoperability. Jabber’s Windows come with integration with Microsoft Office, desktop sharing and web-based conferencing, Internet Messaging, presence, voice, and high-definition video.
In terms of hardware, the company’s TX9000 is aimed that taking Cisco’s large telepresence hardware systems from immersive experiences in office type conferencing and collaboration to “high intensity collaboration.” Cisco defines this level of collaboration as remote video-based sessions that involve engineering design, critical problem resolution, “war rooms,” brainstorming, and sophisticated planning group activities.
TX9000 carries quite a range of new features. One of the most exciting of these is the ability for users to share content on the main screens of the telepresence system instead of the standard smaller screen sharing. There are also point and highlight capabilities. The system can also pull up data from a wide range of content sources. Finally, the system supports white boarding. WebEx online collaborations are now easier and simpler to integrate with TX9000 sessions. Launching the system is also much simpler now-it now uses a touch-based UI. According to networking/collaboration industry analyst Maribel Lopez, Cisco’s roll out of the TX9000 rounds out its portfolio of collaboration and video communications across its whole product range. It is definitely positioning itself for the ever increasing importance of video in corporate communications.