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Post Realizing people don't want "business tablets," Cisco kills the Cius

In a move that should surprise approximately no one, Cisco has decided to end development on the Cisco Cius tablet. Actually, the move may be surprising to those of you who never realized that Cisco built a tablet at all.

Trying to ride the wave of tablet popularity, Cisco released the Cius a year ago with a heavily customized version of Android, focusing on the security, collaboration, and videoconferencing needs of businesses. A business-focused app store, AppHQ, was unveiled along with the option for businesses to host their own private app stores. But it's all pretty much over now, as Cisco said yesterday that it will "no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor," continuing to offer the device only "in a limited fashion to customers with specific needs or use cases."

Cius wasn't killed by the market-leading iPad and Kindle Fire; it was killed by consumers. While work laptops and desktops are still primarily provisioned to employees by corporate IT shops, mobile devices follow the opposite path, being brought into work environments by employees. While smartphones shifted from a business-driven model dependent on the BlackBerry to a consumer-driven one focused on the iPhone and Android devices, tablets have never been a business-first device (with the exception of some Windows tablets deployed for industry-specific use cases).

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