Cisco has pulled the plug on its cloud e-mail service which debuted 13 months ago.
The announcement has been made by Debra Chrapaty, senior VP and GM of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group. In her blog post on Tuesday she wrote “In the thirteen months since, we’ve been market testing Cisco Mail via a controlled release. The product has been well received, but we’ve since learned that customers have come to view their email as a mature and commoditized tool versus a long-term differentiated element of their collaboration strategy. We’ve also heard that customers are eager to embrace emerging collaboration tools such as social software and video. That was the key factor in the decision, which we shared with customers today, to discontinue investment in Cisco Mail.”
I don’t think that really surprised anybody at this time as the main players in the Cloud race are still remain Microsoft and IBM and are increasing their investment in development of the cloud. IBM has recently announced availability of the BES support for already supported mobile devices such iPhone, iPad and Android based smartphones.
Source: Cisco Blog