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Cisco Killing Cius Softly

May 25, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
cius_rip.jpgBYOD and software claim another victim.

May 24, 2012 by Eric Krapf via NoJitter.com
-- A little over a year ago, at Enterprise Connect 2011, Barry O'Sullivan of Cisco told a keynote audience that, one year hence, the company's Cius tablet would be its single largest-selling endpoint. Instead, just over a year after O'Sullivan made that prediction, Cisco has decided to kill the Cius.

The announcement came in a blog post by Cisco's 2012 Enterprise Connect Cisco keynoter, OJ Winge. Here's the key takeaway paragraph:

"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."

So, technically, not killing Cius. But there's no reason to expect Cisco will expend much effort to sell the tablets from here on in.

Instead, Winge wrote, Cisco will focus on its software communications platforms--the Jabber UC client and the WebEx conferencing system.

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