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John T. Chambers
Could Microsoft quietly be winning the tech wars?
Could Microsoft quietly be winning the tech wars?

Is Microsoft actually beating its high-tech competitors? That could be the hidden message in the presentation by Cisco Systems Chairman and CEO John Chambers at a company conference this week.  Chambers, striding into the audience of current and potential Cisco corporate clients in full evangelical mode, warned that competition in IT (information technology) is going to be bloody. "You're going to see a brutal -- brutal -- consolidation in the IT industry, where out of the top five players only two or three will be meaningful in as quick as five years." His theme, naturally, was that Cisco would be one of those survivors, well placed to help its customers thrive. ...