Live from New York: It's the Ballmer-Chambers show

Live from New York: It's the Ballmer-Chambers show

Summary: Microsoft and Cisco are both partners and competitors. But they aren't going to let a little competition get in the way of doing what's right for customers. Yawn. Heard that before. And we're all about to hear it again on Monday during a CEO dog-and-pony show with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Cisco's John Chambers.

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Microsoft and Cisco are both partners and competitors. But they aren't going to let a little competition get in the way of doing what's right for customers.

Yawn. Heard that before. And we're all about to hear it again, when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers appearing at a joint press event in New York (with Charlie Rose hosting) on August 20.

I'm sure there will be lots of talk about the "I" (interoperability) word. And unified communications -- the grand convergence of email, PBX systems, desktop phones, VOIP platforms, Web conferencing systems, faxes and mobile phones

Microsoft is unveiling a couple of news tidbits. It will announce a bunch of new partners -- Intel, Texas Instruments, AudioCodes, Dialogic, LG Nortel are licensing its voice-codec software. (Audio Codec can be used to customize audio conferencing, video and wireless over IP and games offerings, according to the Softies.)

Microsoft still isn't ready to launch officially its Office Communications Server 2007 product, which it released to manufacturing at the end of July. That launch is coming later this fall. Ballmer will discuss availability of a complementary server -- known as "Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Quality of Experience Monitoring Server" -- which, as its name indicates, is a server for monitoring voice and video quality.

If there's anything else of interest from Monday morning's dog and pony show, I'll blog more from the event.

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Disagree with "Yawn."

    So, all due respect, and I'm biased (I work at Cisco), but I do think this was an interesting discussion today. These are two very competitive companies sitting down together and saying: "here's where we will compete" for the good of their customers. I think that kind of transparency is refreshing and shows a mutual respect between the two companies at the highest level. It is a top down approach that will increase interoperability between the two companies while focusing on customer success. And, as they said, both think their technologies where they compete are better than the other and they will continue to tow that line. So, as stated, not "yawn" in my book, but good for them for being transparent for customers, who asked for this collaboration to begin with. More info on this discussion, including the webcast, a q&a and the principles of the relationship can be viewed at http://newsroom.cisco.com/.
    JohnEarnhardt
    • Disagree with disagree

      It was easy for me to understand Ms. Foley's yawn. The comment "doing what?s right for customers" is an ancient MS propaganda line which they use to excuse any action they take, no matter how self serving. MS lost its credibility years ago, and one does not take their comments at face value. Its kind of like listening to Tony Snow (white house spokesman)- you might it amusing in some perverted way, but you certainly don't take the comments as a complete and accurate rendition of the truth.
      I can't say that I have much familiarity with Cisco PR. I hope for Cisco's sake that they are not in the same league with MS.
      dfolk
  • Microsoft is skating on thin ice

    If they "collaborate" or buy up ALL their
    competition and manufacturers, they will
    have no one to blame their fiasco Vista and
    it's boo-boos on.
    Ole Man
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