That would be code for the fact Cisco couldn't see a way to scale in a crowded hosted email market. Indeed, it's a bit hard to compete with Google, Microsoft and IBM's Lotus franchise. All offer hosted arrangements.
Cisco said it will reassign the folks that built Cisco Mail to other collaboration projects.
But the death of Cisco Mail does raise a larger question: Where does email fit into the collaboration mix?
While most folks acknowledge that email has run its course, the bottom line is that a lot of business is conducted that way. Do collaboration players need email as the price of admission?
I'd argue that email and collaboration are likely to morph into one big category. Clearly, Google thinks email is part of the mix. Microsoft is looking to leverage Outlook as a collaboration tool. In many respects, email is the price of admission to the collaboration category.
What are your thoughts on email and collaboration? Are they separate or the same suite of tools?