Charlie Giancarlo is Cisco’s Chief Development Officer and President, Linksys. His full bio here. (.pdf document)Today, we announced Cisco’s agreement to acquire WebEx Communications, Inc. We feel strongly that network-based collaboration is a large part of our future and believe that WebEx is an excellent platform to build on. Whether for students using the web to collaborate on research projects or for medical specialists to work together to make the best medical decisions, collaborative technologies are growing in sophistication and use because people want to work or play with other people regardless of physical proximity.Many pundits are trying to define Web 2.0 or even predict Web 3.0. What Web 2.0 means to me is straightforward: Web 2.0 technologies allow users to collaborate directly over the open platform of the Internet -collaborating with video, voice and information 24 hours a day, 24 time zones around the world. Web 2.0 is perhaps most evident in the consumer marketplace with social networking sites, mash-ups and video sharing services. This is the”play” part of Web 2.0. But this collaborative technology will make huge advances in the business effectiveness with online collaborative tools like WebEx’s. WebEx was one of the early leaders in this market and remains a leader 10 years later, making intercompany collaboration accessible and easy for their customers.Cisco is an innovation company and the philosophy at the core of our innovation strategy is to use the”network as a platform” for the next explosion in business and consumer applications. WebEx fits this philosophy exactly, as their technology is network- based and hides complexity from not only users, but from their IT organizations as well.Clearly, our view is that most forms of communications and collaboration will be provided by the IP network. Cisco is at the forefront of evolving the network from pure connectivity to a reliable, sophisticated platform for communications and IT services, and WebEx will now be our partner on this journey.WebEx shares our vision as well as our culture. We believe we can help each other to drive greater success for our customers, and to reach more customers around the world. I am very enthusiastic that WebEx is joining the Cisco team, our mission and our passionAbout WebEx: WebEx is a leading provider of on-demand Web-based applications. It provides a network-based solution for delivering value-added intercompany collaboration with a focus on SMB. This is an extension of Cisco’s vision for Unified Communications and collaboration. WebEx is driving the next wave of business communications with rich media meetings that liberate users from time and geographical constraints. Please visit WebEx’s website to learn more about their solutions and technologies.Cisco note: Since this blog entry is required to be filed with the SEC, our lawyers want to make sure you know the following.Securities Law DisclosureThe tender offer for the outstanding common stock of WebEx Communications, Inc. has not yet commenced. This filing is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of WebEx common stock will be made only pursuant to an offer to purchase and related materials that Cisco Systems, Inc. intends to file with the SEC on Schedule TO. WebEx also intends to file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the offer. WebEx stockholders and other investors should read these materials carefully because they contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the offer. WebEx stockholders and other investors will be able to obtain copies of these materials without charge from the SEC through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, from Georgeson Inc., the information agent for the offer, toll-free at (888) 264-7052, banks and brokers call (212) 440-9800, from Cisco (with respect to documents filed by Cisco with the SEC) by going to Cisco’s Investor Relations Website at http://www.cisco.com/go/investors, or from WebEx (with respect to documents filed by WebEx with the SEC) by going to WebEx’s Investor Relations Website at http://www.WebEx.com. Stockholders and other investors are urged to read carefully those materials prior to making any decisions with respect to the offer. Forward Looking StatementsThis blog contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the growth in Cisco’s markets and the future of Cisco’s industry. These statements are only predictions. Actual events or results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Please see Cisco’s filings with the SEC, including its most recent filings on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q for a discussion of important risk factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.