Cisco No Longer Offering Umi Conferencing Services to Consumer Markets

In an attempt to streamline its operations, enterprise networking giant Cisco has decided to axe its much hyped Skype alternative, Umi home video conferencing service.

The company said the Umi video conferencing hardware, launched back in October 2010, will no longer be offered in the consumer market. Cisco clarified it had only stopped selling the device and will continue to support existing customers.

"While we are ending the sale of Umi, the Umi service remains unchanged," said a Cisco spokesperson in an email to CRN.

"Existing customers will continue to be able to use the service to make calls to other Umi subscribers or to Google video chat accounts," the spokesperson informed.

Umi was launched by Cisco as an alternative to Skype, allowing users to make high definition video calls to their friends and family members from the comfort of their living room.

The decision to stop offering Umi hardware was implemented in December last year, a few months after Cisco had declared that it willintegrate Umi into its business telepresence portfolio as a part of its streamlining efforts.