Cisco Jabber for Mac

Cisco Jabber for Mac: Enterprise Collaboration Made Simple

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Product Overview

Cisco Jabber is a unified communications application that lets you be more productive from anywhere on a broad array of devices. Find the right people, see if and how they are available, and collaborate using your preferred method.

Today’s global, distributed work environment has resulted in significant challenges for workers, making it harder to connect with the right people and significantly increasing the quantity and modes of communications. Organizations of all sizes are striving to improve communications in order to retain customers, compete for new business, control costs, and grow their business globally.

Cisco Jabber streamlines communications and enhances productivity by unifying presence, instant messaging, video, voice, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing capabilities more securely into one client on your desktop. Cisco Jabber delivers highly secure, clear, and reliable communications. It offers flexible deployment models, is built on open standards, and integrates with commonly used desktop applications. Communicate and collaborate effectively from anywhere (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Cisco Jabber for Mac

Features and Benefits

Reduce Communication Delays with Presence and Contact Information

Cisco Jabber enables you to see the availability of co-workers and colleagues within and outside your organization. You can immediately see who is offline, available, away, on a call, or in a do-not-disturb state. Customized availability states, such as “in a customer meeting”, can be created to provide added context. Contact cards provide additional contact information and multiple options for initiating communications. These capabilities help reduce communication delays and result in faster decision making and enhanced productivity.

Quickly Communicate with Borderless Enterprise-Class Instant Messaging

Instant messaging is an important communication option that lets you efficiently interact in today’s multitasking business environment. Cisco Jabber delivers enterprise-class instant messaging capabilities that are based on the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). The solution provides personal and group chat so you can quickly connect with your business colleagues. Chat history and server-based logging capabilities allow you to view the content of prior chats and to store messages for convenience, compliance, and regulation purposes. Instant messaging is integrated with other communication capabilities so you can simply move between chats, audio conversations, and web conferences. You can even share presence and send instant messages to people outside your organization that may not be using Cisco Jabber. The enterprise-class instant messaging capabilities of Cisco Jabber provide more efficient, highly secure, flexible, and borderless collaboration.

Bring Business-Class IP Telephony to the Desktop

Cisco Jabber delivers business-quality voice and video to your desktop. Powered by the market-leading Cisco Unified Communications Manager call-control solution, it is a soft phone with wideband and high-fidelity audio, standards-based high-definition video (720p), and desk phone control features. These features mean that high-quality and high-availability voice and video telephony is available at all locations and to users’ desk phones, soft clients, and mobile devices. Cisco Jabber makes voice communications simple, clear, and reliable.

Figure 2. High-Definition Video with Integrated Audio Controls

Accelerate Team Performance with Multiparty Conferencing and Collaboration

Cisco Jabber provides for smooth escalation to desktop sharing or Cisco WebEx® conferencing and collaboration solutions. You can instantly share documents and expand chats and conversations to multiparty voice, video, and web conferencing.

Accelerate Adoption with an Intuitive User Experience Built for the Mac

Cisco Jabber delivers unified communications to the desktop through an engaging user interface. The intuitive visual design promotes adoption of basic as well as advanced capabilities and integrates communications into the natural workflow to deliver the efficiency and productivity promised by unified communications. Availability information and communication options are available throughout the application - such as in the visual voicemail and chat interfaces - enabling more efficient real-time collaboration. Cisco Jabber for Mac has been built specifically for Mac users, with a familiar Mac user interface as well as integrations into Mac OS X services.

Table 1 outlines features and benefits of Cisco Jabber.

Table 1. Features and Benefits



Communication integration

Use a single, intuitive interface for instant messaging with individuals and groups, IP telephony, soft-phone voice and video, visual voicemail, voice and web conferencing, desktop sharing1, communication history, and integrated directories.


View real-time availability of co-workers and colleagues within and outside the enterprise network.

Exchange and display presence availability information and instant messages with other Cisco Jabber users, Cisco ® Unified Personal Communicator, the Cisco WebEx Connect ® solution, Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync, IBM Lotus Sametime, AOL, GoogleTalk, and many other XMPP-compatible clients.
Exchange presence information with mobile handsets using Cisco Jabber or third-party XMPP-compatible clients.
Display customized availability messages.
Your status is updated automatically when you are in a Cisco WebEx meeting or sharing an application.
Show your availability based on the free and busy status from the Exchange Server 2.

Enterprise instant messaging

Chat in real time using instant messaging to save time and reduce phone tag. Several chat modes are supported, ranging from:

Point-to-point chat with co-workers inside your network, or supported federated business and personal contacts
Group chat, which enables multiple colleagues to communicate and collaborate in a single discussion
Instant messages sent to offline contacts; 2 they will receive them when they connect to the application
Personal instant messaging history for your reference

Predictive search

Look up contacts quickly. Predictive search provides suggestions to you as you type in a search query and indexes your contact list, recent contacts, Mac Address Book, and your company directory.

Media escalation

Choose the right communication tool for your situation. Escalate from a chat to an audio call, desktop share, or web meeting. Media escalations are as easy as clicking a button.

Integrated voice telephony

Exchange ideas face-to-face by using Cisco Jabber as a soft phone, or you can choose to control your Cisco IP desk phone.

Make, receive, and control your phone calls whether you are in or out of the office, with number or SIP URI based dialing. Click to call directly from your contact list without the need to look up phone numbers.
Business-quality video communication up to high-definition and high-fidelity wideband audio is supported.
Standards-based video means you are not restricted to collaboration with just other Jabber ® clients. You can use voice, video, and even desktop share when interacting with telepresence endpoints and room-based and multipoint videoconferencing systems.
A variety of call-control options are available, including mute, call forwarding, and impromptu conferencing.
The enterprise-class IP telephony reliability and failover features of Cisco Unified Communications Manager are supported.


Initiate multiparty voice and web meetings.

Group chat and audio conference sessions are as simple as clicking a button, eliminating the need to use other applications and interfaces to schedule, invite, or join conferences.
Initiate a web meeting session directly from the Cisco Jabber client, using Cisco WebEx meeting applications to share content, such as a presentation, document, or your desktop.

Chat history

Access a history of your instant messaging conversations.

Visual voice message access

View, play back, and delete voice messages from Cisco Unity® Connection.

Mac OS X integration

Built for Mac OS X, Cisco Jabber provides a host of integrations for an immersive experience on the Mac, including:

Mac Address Book: Place calls to your contacts from Address Book or search and call these contacts directly from Cisco Jabber.
Support for Growl notifications.
Status menu: Cisco Jabber provides a status menu in the main menu bar that is always available whenever the application is running - even if it is not the foremost application. You can set presence; place, answer, and manage phone calls; and perform predictive searches, all without leaving the active application and with a simple key combination.
Services integration: Take full advantage of the Mac OS X services integration to make a call using Cisco Jabber directly from supported Mac OS X applications, including Safari, Firefox, Mail, iCal, Word 2011, and more.


Instant messaging communications are encrypted, using up to 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption and Transport Layer Security/Secure Sockets Layer (TLS/SSL) connections. Signaling and media are also encrypted.

Single Sign-On (SSO)1

SSO also allows companies to use their SSO system to simplify the management of Cisco Jabber. With SSO, users more securely log in using their corporate login credentials.

Enterprise policy management

Set granular policies to determine which features and capabilities can or cannot be accessed by your Cisco Jabber end users.

Flexible deployment models

Cisco Jabber for Mac can be deployed on-premises or on-demand, offering IT departments the flexibility to choose the model that best suits their business. When deployed on-demand, IT administrators can push client upgrades automatically to users.


Languages supported: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Danish, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Korean, Polish, Turkish.

1 Feature available in on-demand deployment only.
2 Feature available in on-premises deployment only.

System Requirements

Table 2 outlines system requirements for Cisco Jabber.

Table 2. System Requirements

Disk space

300 MB of available disk space


Intel Core 2 Duo or later processors in any of the following Apple hardware:

Mac Pro
MacBook Pro (including Retina Display model)
MacBook Air
Mac Mini


2 GB of RAM


Mac OS X Lion Version 10.7.4 (or later), Apple OS X Mountain Lion Version 10.8.1 (or later), Apple OS X Mavericks (10.9.1) or later

Table 3 outlines system requirements for Cisco Unified Communications.

Table 3. Cisco Unified Communications System Requirements

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Standard and Business Editions)

10.0(1) or later 10.1(0) releases
9.1 or later 9.1(0) releases
8.6(2) or later

Cisco Unified Presence

Cisco Unified Presence (Cisco Unified Communications Manager IM and Presence Service) 8.6 (2) or later

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)

Microsoft Active Directory 2008 R2
Microsoft Active Directory 2003 R2
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS) or Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)

Cisco Unified IP Phones
(computer telephony integration [CTI]-enabled)

Cisco Unified IP Phone 9900 Series
Cisco Unified IP Phone 8900 Series
Cisco Unified IP Phone 7900 Series
Cisco Unified IP Phone 6900 Series

Cisco Conferencing

Cisco TelePresence ® MCU 4500 Series
Cisco TelePresence Server 7010
Cisco TelePresence Server 8000
Cisco Unified Videoconferencing 7.0 5115
Cisco WebEx Meeting Center

Voicemail playback

Cisco Unity Connection 8.5 or later

Cisco Unified Survivable Remote
Site Telephony

Cisco Jabber for Windows supports the following features with Cisco Unified Survivable Remote Site Telephony Version 8.5:

Basic call functions
Ability to hold and resume calls

Cisco Jabber for Mac requires an active connection to the presence server to successfully fall back to SRST.

Cisco ASA Adaptive Security Appliances

(Recommended for SIP interdomain federation) Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software Release8.3(0)

For information about interdomain federation requirements, refer to the release notes for Cisco Unified Presence Release8.0 at:

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on at the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

Cisco Jabber for Mac is a single client that can connect to either the Cisco Collaboration Cloud or the Cisco Unified Presence server for IM and presence. The ordering mechanism will vary based on the deployment model selected.

To order Cisco Jabber for Mac hosted in the Cisco Collaboration Cloud, please review the WebEx Global
Price List

To order Cisco Jabber for Mac deployed on the Cisco Unified Presence server, please visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page. For complete ordering information, refer to Table 4.

Cisco Jabber for Mac is a part of Cisco Unified Workspace licensing. Please visit for more information and to determine whether Cisco Unified Workspace licensing is appropriate for your organization.

To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 4. Cisco Jabber for Mac Ordering Information

Deployment model


Part Number



L-WBX-IM1-NH - minimum 25 seats


L-WBX-CON-IM - minimum 250 seats

IM and Unified Communications





IM and Unified Communications


* Please refer to Cisco Unified Presence server ordering information at the Cisco Ordering Home Page to get more details about the IM-only bundle option.


With each order of Cisco Jabber for Mac (deployed on the Cisco Unified Presence server), you will receive a product authorization key (PAK) and a document confirming your purchase and notifying you of the location to download the software.

All Cisco Unified IP Phones, including Cisco Jabber for Mac, require the purchase of a phone technology license.

Cisco Jabber for Mac (deployed on the Cisco Unified Presence server) is available as part of the Cisco eDelivery application. With Cisco eDelivery, partners can assist customers in managing and downloading their software license entitlement documentation, including Right To Use, End User License Agreement, and License Claim Form, through the email channel rather than relying on paper delivery.

Cisco Unified Communications Services

Cisco and our certified partners can help you deploy a highly secure, resilient Cisco Unified Communications Solution so you can meet aggressive deployment schedules and accelerate your business advantage. The Cisco portfolio of services is based on proven methodologies for unifying voice, video, data, and mobile applications on fixed and mobile networks.

The unique Cisco lifecycle approach to services defines the requisite activities at each phase of the solution lifecycle. Customized planning and design services focus on creating a solution that meets your business needs. Award-winning technical support increases operational efficiency. Remote management services simplify day-to-day operations, and optimization services enhance solution performance as your business needs change.

For More Information

For more information about Cisco Jabber, visit or contact your local Cisco account representative.