Feeds

Cisco complains to the EU about Microsoft/Skype deal

Wants assurances Redmond won’t lock down video

High performance access to file storage

Cisco has issued a formal complaint to the General Court of the European Union over Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, saying it needs assurances that Redmond will play fair on standards.

“The industry recognizes the need for ubiquitous unified communications interoperability, particularly between Microsoft/Skype and Cisco products, as well as products from other unified communications innovators," said Marthin De Beer, Cisco vice president said on the corporate blog. “Microsoft’s plans to integrate Skype exclusively with its Lync Enterprise Communications Platform could lock-in businesses who want to reach Skype’s 700 million account holders to a Microsoft-only platform.”

He was keen to stress that there was no formal opposition to the merger and Cisco valued Microsoft as a partner. But nevertheless assurances are needed that interoperability standards for internet video transmission would be used by all players in the market to avoid stunting its growth. De Beer said that the industry was at a tipping point, with faster internet speeds becoming available across the globe, and by 2015 predicted a million minutes of video would be transmitted every second.

At last year's Oracle OpenWorld, Cisco CEO John Chambers called video the future of global communications and the company has been investing heavily in videoconferencing, or telepresence as it prefers to call it, for many years now. The business survived Cisco’s recent cull with only modest cuts and a reorganisation and it’s selling home systems and expensive business communications tablets, as well as high-end dedicated conferencing suites for those willing to splash out the cash.

Skype is a big driver for video calls, especially as it increasingly links with Facebook, and Microsoft has the potential to give Cisco some serious grief. Cisco reported sales of its communications products grew 10 per cent to $1.05bn last quarter and a lock-out would cripple its efforts in the area, particularly in light of the Tandberg acquisition.

“The European Commission conducted a thorough investigation of the acquisition, in which Cisco actively participated, and approved the deal in a 36-page decision without any conditions. We’re confident the Commission’s decision will stand up on appeal,” a Microsoft spokeswoman told The Register in a statement. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction
Appeals court strikes down landmark sentence
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.