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Five Recent Cisco Products That Flopped

Cisco's recent decision to stop investing in its Cius tablet is one of several recent product misfires for the networking titan. Here are five examples from the past two years.

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Cisco Mail

Cisco Mail was a hosted email product released by Cisco during a collaboration/UC blitz in the fall of 2009 and intended as Cisco's first branded competitor to the likes of Google Gmail and IBM Lotus Notes. The basic package cost $5 per user per month and included Microsoft Outlook integration and 5 GB of storage.

But it was not to be: Cisco in February 2011 confirmed the axe for Cisco Mail, with Cisco Collaboration Software Group SVP Debra Chrapaty -- who exited Cisco not two months later -- saying that customers "have come to view their email as a mature and commoditized tool versus a long-term differentiated element of their collaboration strategy." Cisco's investment in Cisco Mail was said to have been about $250 million.

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