On the low end, Cisco unveiled the IP Phone 7800 Series for midmarket customers that offers what the company describes as "superior audio quality" with low power consumption. It will be available this month and cost $255.
Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst with ZK Research, said that, collectively, the announcements centered on two main areas: extending the reach of Cisco's unified communications stack for business-to-consumer purposes and ease of use.
"If you look at the combination of Jabber Guest and Collaboration Edge, it makes it simple to allow businesses to extend Cisco video to anyone through the use of a web browser," he said via email.
Asked about the absence of Cisco's enterprise social networking suite WebEx Social -- formerly called Quad -- from the announcements, Kerravala said it could be that Cisco is de-emphasizing the product at the moment.
"I think because of the momentum of Lync [Microsoft's unified communication system], they're focusing on making sure the base of [Cisco] voice and video customers aren't lost to Microsoft," he said.
Overall, Cisco's main challenge is linking together its broad menu of collaboration and unified communication products. "The mission for the company over the next few years is to make these easier to use and to integrate them with one another," Kerravala said.
Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.