Like most people I know in the UC world I was pretty underwhelmed by the new 6900 series IP phones which seem a step backward from the 794x/796x/797x models with their large displays and programmable buttons.
I think that Cisco should be looking at developing telephones using technology similar to that seen in mobile smartphones. This would allow the development of truly intelligent applications allowing the phone to be used as an information portal as per the original Cisco vision which was based upon XML services.
Given the plummeting cost of colour touchscreens and the emergence of a suitable open source operating system - Android - this should not be too difficult or expensive.
A mechanism for centrally controlling deployment of apps and a Cisco hosted equivalent to the iPhone Appstore/Android Market could make this a really exciting technology for lots of customers.
Do any other posters think that this would be a good strategy for Cisco to follow?