Also notable: Skype is supported on mobile platforms, such as Apple's iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile, an important element in the kind of broad UC offering Cisco presumably wants to provide.
Also likely of interest to a would-be suitor such as Cisco: Skype has proven itself successful at appealing to both home users and business users. The company has seen its subscriber base swell over the years; the service took on 39 million new registered users in the Q4 for a total of 560 million, and 35 percent of users utilize it for business purposes, according to Gigaom.
Thus, an acquisition of Skype means that Cisco would not only have a broader array of offerings; it would also take on an expanded customer base that might be wooed into adopting additional Cisco technology.
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