Cisco Jabber vs. Microsoft Skype Monopoly?

The Cisco Systems (CSCO) Jabber vs. Microsoft (MSFT) Skype video conferencing war has pushed beyond product features and functions, and now includes a new word: Monopoly. Indeed, Cisco is pushing a European court to overturn Microsoft’s 2011 buyout of Skype. Why does the networking giant care so deeply about free video conferencing, phone and instant messaging software? Just look at some of CIsco’s least successful business moves in the past decade and you’ll get the answer.