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Cisco's Cius tablet to go on sale July 31 for $750

June 29, 2011 | William Zimmerman
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Collaboration, IT-friendly features of Cius attract early business customers

Cisco announced that its Android-based Cius tablet will finally go on sale on July 31 for $750.

The Cius will seem expensive compared to the iPad 2, which starts at $499. However, Cisco has a strong enterprise following and has named business customers among early Cius users who apparently see the value of a new set of AppHQ applications built specially for the Cius.

AppHQ is designed to help IT shops create, manage and deploy tablet applications in their businesses, Cisco said in a statement.

AppHQ will also help companies create private app storefronts where their employees will be able to find, publish and buy applications for business use, a Cisco spokeswoman said. AppHQ will also offer developers tools to create, test and market apps, while giving IT managers the ability to control which apps can be used on the Cius, she added. IT managers can also select from about 200,000 applications for Cius in the Android Marketplace.

When Cisco first announced the Cius in June 2010, it said that the tablet would offer integration to the company's collaboration applications, which are valued by businesses. Today, Cisco said the Cius is integrated with several Cisco products, including Webex meeting software, Quad social software, the Jabber messaging tool and the TelePresence real-time videoconferencing system.

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