Cisco, Microsoft: Told You So
The VAR Guy gave loyal readers a heads up on February 22 that Cisco and Microsoft were planning a closer partnership. Then he reported more rumblings about the relationship on March 1. The deal was finally announced today at VoiceCon. The partnership provides improved interoperability between the duo’s unified communications technologies. Cisco also announced a similar deal with IBM.
In addition to giving VARs with new options to consider, Cisco’s moves are strategic counter attacks to Nortel and 3Com. Microsoft is closely aligned with Nortel and IBM is closely partnering with 3Com in the unified communications sector.
The VAR Guy isÂ making the rounds at VoiceCon today. Stay tuned for more updates.