Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Jose, California, Barrett said hardware and software suppliers need to work more closely to ensure a seamless link between diverse Web-based applications and hardware to benefit users.
"The Internet should be driven by our collective efforts with hardware and software working together in a seamless fashion," he said.
Barrett's comments can be seen as part of an attempt to reposition Intel as provider of Internet-enabling technologies, or building blocks, rather than just a chip supplier.
Barrett highlighted peer-to-peer computing - currently in the spotlight as the driving power behind Napster's controversial music exchange - as a key technology development. He said it would allow companies to slash IT costs by sharing files or data storage over dispersed networks and the Internet.
However, he conceded that the sharing of files between companies did pose an array of potential headaches for IT managers, especially in the area of security.
"There are a number of challenges that IT managers will have to worry about solving ease of use, standards and security," he pointed out.