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Cisco appeals Microsoft-Skype deal in EU, wants guarantees

updated 01:50 pm EST, Wed February 15, 2012

Cisco says MS-Skype needs tougher oversight

Cisco has posted a formal appeal of the EU approval for Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. The networking giant accepted the merger on a basic level, but it wanted the European Commission to have imposed interoperability requirements. Making Microsoft adhere to standards would prevent it from trying to "control the future of video communications," Cisco said.

As part of the earlier approval, the Commission had stated that it didn't see there being competitive issues with the merger. Google Talk and other alternatives were believed enough to keep Microsoft honest.

As a company known for its video teleconferencing, Cisco has a vested interest in keeping Skype on other platforms or of guaranteeing that its own option won't be excluded from Windows or Windows Phone. Microsoft in announcing the $8.5 billion deal was adamant that it would at least write native apps for the Mac, iOS, Android, and other competing operating systems, but it didn't make guarantees that they would be timely or that feature sets would be the same.

EU officials haven't responded directly to the appeal.

by MacNN Staff



  1. gprovida

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They will provide 2nd and 3rd class service ( Apple and Android) and first class service on Windows to sell Windows. This is why Apple pushed for H.264 and pushed HTML 5 to protect Apple users from second class service in the Market. Ciscos concerns ate entitle valid, but this either demands interface access good luck on that or a high performance nonproprietary standards, TBD. What will that standard be with FaceTime, iChat, Skype, and Google talk is TBD.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You kid!

    Cisco? The Kings of Proprietary Network Protocols are whining about Microsoft! That's hilarious! Never mind the pot calling the kettle black, this is a black hole calling R0G0B0 too dark.

    If Microsoft is required to make their software compatible with Cisco's excretable VoIP and video "standards" will this include dragging everything down to the piss poor performance that Cisco "achieves"?

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