Skype will reportedly get a new CEO from Cisco Systems in a move that will highlight the budding enterprise technology rivalry between the two companies.
In other words, the Web collaboration space is about to get a lot more interesting.
Josh Silverman, who ran Skype since 2008, will step aside. Cisco in a blog post said CTO Padmasree Warrior will take over to lead the enterprise, commercial and small business group. Bates is leaving to pursue another opportunity---Skype.
Skype has been very clear that it plans to be a major collaboration player in business settings. Skype's future growth---earnings and revenue---rides with the enterprise.
With Bates, Skype will clearly have a leader with enterprise chops. Couple the hiring of Bates along with last week's partnership with Avaya and it's clear that Skype is going to be a real thorn in Cisco's side.
More on Skype's enterprise ambitions.
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