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Posted by Ted Schadler on February 24, 2011
With Cisco's shuttering of Cisco Mail, multitenant cloud email is now (as my colleague Chris Voce called it) a battle royale between Microsoft, Google, and IBM, where the winner will have products, scale, sales channels, and big ecosystems of support.
I am not surprised that Cisco bailed on cloud email. All the signs were there:
So when Debra Chrapraty announced that Cisco would shutter its cloud email offering, it wasn't a shock and it was something I would have advised her to do. (And in fact I did advise some executives no longer with Cisco to do so.)
So what's next for Cisco? Cisco has had a great run as a premium supplier of networking and voice (and now video) equipment. But for Cisco to be a credible supplier of collaboration services, it must:
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