Cisco finds that it's not so easy working with Microsoft

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| Apparently Microsoft has "taken limited steps to share users' presence and
| availabilty information," for fear of losing its ability to own all of the
| client.
| Someone should tell Chambers that in reality it's not so easy working with
| Microsoft.


Cisco CEO Says Microsoft Screws Its Partners Everytime...Just Like Apple.

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| If partnering with Microsoft is not a win-win then it must be a win-lose…in
| Microsoft’s favor of course.

Cisco CEO: 'Microsoft Has Given Us a Three-Year Lead'

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| Microsoft has given us a three-year lead. And we've never lost a
| game when we've had a three-year lead... It's a battle we fully
| intend to win.

Microsoft's Worst Nightmare (Nope, Not Google)

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| The Cisco/Linksys drive into the home follows an absolutely miserable
| effort by Microsoft, which had a first-mover advantage but blew it in
| favor of its Xbox gaming play. Maybe Microsoft figured the timing just
| wasn't right. In any case, Microsoft angered a lot of digital home
| integrators who were hoping for some support to break open the
| market.

Cisco benefits as Microsoft keeps moving the goalposts

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| Forced between choosing between unified comms vendors, many users
| are reluctantly opting to use an alternative to Microsoft. Others,
| it seems, are a lot less disappointed.
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| The Microsoft partner confessed that Cisco is the preferred option. "Cisco
| has a better track record of consistency on upgrades. Whereas Microsoft?s
| new products can be a completely different kettle of fish from the last,"
| he said.

Cisco, Microsoft, Others Get Together On Security

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| Microsoft, Cisco Systems and the open-standards Trusted Computing
| Group each developed their own NAC approaches, which use a variety
| of software and hardware to boost network security.

Can Microsoft and Cisco Still Be Pals?

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| That puts it in direct competition with Microsoft, which is No. 2
| with its Live Meeting service. Microsoft's big push will come in
| June when it begins producing a host of products, including Microsoft
| Office Communicator 2007.

Why the world needs openness, not interoperability.

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| This NAC/NAP lovefest would be laughable if it weren't such
| a kick-in-the-teeth to the rest of the industry, enterprise IT, and
| all Internet users. A Cisco/Microsoft oligopoly stalls implementation,
| stifles innovation, and makes the network less secure. In this way, Cisco
| and Microsoft are standing in the way of progress.