"We have a great relationship with Microsoft even though Microsoft has always been our biggest competitor in Web conferencing," said Griffiths. Microsoft must make its Windows Vista OS work with WebEx, and Cisco must do the same with Vista, Griffiths said.
He also noted Cisco's plans to unite the WebEx on-demand product with the Cisco MeetingPlace behind-the-firewall conferencing solution. This gives users a commonly branded product for behind-the-firewall usage, on-demand or a hybrid of the two.
Also at the conference, James Andrews, Evans Data president and CEO, cited projected developer growth in different parts of the world and said a survey of 450 developers done in March indicated Microsoft is the leading choice for Web 2.0 development software.
Latin America, for example, will surpass 1 million developers this year. "We're looking at them achieving 1.7 million developers in 2011," Andrews said. Global developer population is forecasted to grow about 7 percent per year.
Microsoft leads the pack as the choice for Web 2.0 development, followed by Google, said Andrews. Microsoft's Silverlight presentation technology also is becoming popular, he said.
"[Microsoft] tools are easy to use," Andrews said.