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Microsoft Unveils Multi-Touch Technology For Windows 7

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Cisco Delivers On Open Promise

John Chambers has been talking about transforming the way enterprises use and manage IT resources for a couple of years now. With "Cisco Motion," he's finally delivered.

It'd be easy to write off the new Motion strategy as an exercise in re-branding -- after all, Cisco Systems already owns nearly two-thirds of the enterprise wireless LAN market -- except for two things. One, it includes an open API, and two, it really is an attempt at a comprehensive solution to a multifaceted set of challenges.

Cisco has recognized that mobile devices and applications can no longer be managed separately from the overall business network architecture. Laptops, smartphones, dual-mode devices that run over cellular or Wi-Fi networks -- all are now as integral as the traditional desktop PC, and must be treated the same.

To accomplish that, the Cisco engineers have accomplished the neat trick of re-locating mobile middleware -- the software that collects and stores data on individual clients and the apps they run -- in the network. It's a concrete example of Chambers' koan-like slogan, "The network is the platform."

Find out why moving the mobile middleware to the network is a good idea by reading the rest of my blog post and let me know what you think of Cisco's Open Promise.

Richard Martin
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