Microsoft and Cisco: Ready to Rumble? "What's at the root of the increasingly complex relationship between Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, and Cisco, the No. 1 maker of computer-networking gear? Chalk it up to a megashift in technology's center of gravity -- from the PC, where Microsoft has ruled, to the network, where Cisco is dominant.
As more computing tasks are handled online -- from Web searches and phone calls to software and entertainment downloading -- Cisco wants the network to provide much of the smarts that have typically been handled in Microsoft-style applications."