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"To date, the vision for collaboration, whether it's Cisco or Microsoft, hasn't been that different," he told us from floor of the Cisco event, which continues through Wednesday. "Moving forward I think we will start to see some differentiation from vendors. Cisco is really focused on enabling better mobile , virtual and cloud-based collaboration whereas Microsoft is more desktop-centric."
Kerravala said Cisco's move to turn every browser into a collaborative application is an advanced approach because in a post-PC world consumers can use the browser to collaborate from any device. Cisco is focusing on what Kerravala calls the front-end issues of collaboration.
"With so many different devices, workers have to download different software clients to collaborate and that's a very difficult way to work," he said. "I think Cisco's focus on the cloud and mobile is correct. The old desktop model was very Wintel-based with the OS and the apps. A network -centric model changes where that intelligence lies."