Cisco has announced via their official blog post that they will no longer invest in their Cius tablet – which was an Android-based tablet for businesses. The company mentioned that keeping in mind the current market transitions no further enhancement will be made to the current Cius endpoint, beyond what is available currently. Cisco, however will still continue to deliver Cius in a limited role to consumers that have special and specific requirements and needs or cases. Along with this the company also mentioned that it plans to double down on software offerings, like Jabber and WebEx. They intend on leveraging key learnings and key collaboration experiences native to Cius in their other collaboration products.
No more business tablets?
While that doesn’t sound like the best news from Cisco, Cius in itself was pretty overpriced a product. As reported, Cius was built with an idea that was supposed to incorporate a complete spectrum of communications for the company into one single tablet. It was something IT departments would want to purchase for their employees as it was built on Cisco’s software for video conferencing, calling etc. The tablet was intended to be extremely secure with only Cisco’s apps available for download and upgrade. The Google Play store was not going to be a part of it. Upon its initial release, Ciuso could only have been bought by companies, but the tablet didn’t exactly sell well. In their official blog post, the company mentioned that, “Cisco will no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor, and no further enhancements will be made to the current Cius endpoint beyond what’s available today. However, as we evaluate the market further, we will continue to offer Cius in a limited fashion to customers with specific needs or use cases.”
The tablet was priced close to $700 and required an extra docking station for it to actually function as a phone replacement. The officials didn’t release actual numbers of the sales, but the tablet didn’t particularly do well. Well, that’s one door closed for Cisco and it’ll be interesting to see their next plan in this post-PC era.
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