Posts Tagged ‘free’


Just announced at the Cisco Partner Summit yesterday, Cisco is making Unified Presence, IM and it’s Jabber client for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Cisco Cius, Blackberry and all Android devices completely FREE. This probably has something to do with how badly they’ve been spanked in Presence server and client sales by Microsoft basically giving away the presence features of Lync (although MS does make you pay when you want to add Voice/Video features to those clients – just as Cisco will). At any rate and for whatever their reasons and motivations – I personally think it is a very, very smart move for Cisco. It’s also one that makes complete sense seeing that UCM v9 is about to go into beta testing next week. Understanding that the Jabber client can interact with video from any IP phone or Telepresence unit, and the fact that Cisco announced that this free Jabber client and Presence support is not only for those with existing IP Phones, but for every member of any enterprise with a UCM server, this makes the announcement all that more powerful. This doesn’t include Voice or Video, but those can be enabled later with a simple license upgrade. Still not bad at all – especially with the new Jabber client for Windows, and the fact that once installed it enables all MS Office apps to have native presence tied into them directly to Cisco Jabber. This was the entire reason that Cisco purchased Jabber.

Another thing that Cisco is making free (at least for some limited time) is their WebEx Meetings Beta offering – for up to 25 participants. This includes desktop sharing and VoIP as well. Sign up here.

Also of no small merit, Cisco just shipped its 50 millionth phone – that’s 50,000,000 phones shipped. I still remember putting in my first Selsius Call Manager more than 13 years ago. Not bad Cisco, not bad at all.

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Cisco Unified Communications is a truly exciting field to be in, and one that absolutely everyone runs across today at some point during their work in any enterprise environment. We believe it’s something that everyone should have access to learn be able to thoroughly understand. We also stand by our commitment to help people understand and attain certification in this highly lucrative field at a very affordable price. In keeping, we recently made our 25 hour CCNA Voice VoD product completely free to stream from our site as well as on YouTube, as well as creating the new Voice Scholarships. So to further this belief -and just as we recently did with our SPv3 Workbook- we have decided to combine the Volume I and Volume II Workbooks for our CCIE Voice track into one workbook, and also to lower the price. We certainly hope this just proves one more way that INE wants to earn your business by helping you to accomplish both your goals and dreams!

Also, we have added new 8-Hour labs with PDF-based solutions.

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Due to the positive reaction that we had giving free access away to our CCNA Voice video streaming product during the month of March, and our belief that once you watch that product and use it to pass your CCNA Voice exam that you will come back to us for all your CCNP Voice and CCIE Voice needs, we’ve decided to leave it as a free product indefinitely. We hope this is just one more way that we can both give back to our community, as well as showcase what’s in store for you with the rest of our Voice line of products.

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Today’s session of the CCIE R&S Open Lecture Series will be open for guest access, and will start at 1pm US Pacific time (GMT -8).  Just follow this url to join:

Today’s session will last about 3 – 4 hours and will cover Advanced IP Multicast Design topics, focusing on identifying and troubleshooting problems with PIM, Auto-RP, NBMA networks, and shared (RPT) versus source (SPT) distribution trees.

I hope to see you all there!

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