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Courier, we hardly knew ye

In what is likely a knife through the heart for a lot of tech enthusiasts out there, Gizmodo is reporting that Microsoft has killed plans for its Courier tablet. We first caught wind of Courier back in September of 2009 and were quickly intrigued by its innovative user interface and dual-display "book" layout.

It should be noted that Microsoft never officially announced that it would build Courier or said that the tablet was anything more than a extremely promising design concept. So it shouldn't be too surprising that we won't see a finished product on store shelves.

Apparently, Microsoft has more pressing projects on its mind (namely, getting Windows Phone 7 out the door on schedule). Gizmodo received the following statement from Microsoft's Frank Shaw on the cancellation of the Courier program:

At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.

With Microsoft seemingly out of the "slimmed-down OS" tablet market, Apple is left to take on all rivals with its iPad. Google is working on an Android-based tablet of its own, and we know that HP is going to milk its purchase of Palm for all it's worth and develop a tablet running webOS.

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Well that sucks
By ZachDontScare on 4/29/2010 4:50:51 PM , Rating: 4
The courier looked like the perfect format for such a device. I was really looking forward to it. Hopefully some other manufacturer will take the idea of the foldable format and run with it.

RE: Well that sucks
By carniver on 4/29/2010 5:03:54 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly, to add to the insult they've dropped this project just to bring forth the Windows 7 Phone that's without multitasking or expandable memory. I'm sorely disappointed.

RE: Well that sucks
By lightfoot on 4/29/2010 5:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft is such a huge company that it is unlikely this project was dropped in favor of any other project. They could easily have continued funding this project. They probably killed the project because they couldn't build a business model around it.

RE: Well that sucks
By reader1 on 4/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Well that sucks
By StevoLincolnite on 4/30/2010 1:04:49 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, it's kind of hard to build a business model around a product that sucks ass.

You sir' suffer from assholism.

1) The courier was never released, hence you have NO IDEA if it was/was not a good product, so do NOT pretend you do.

2) Reasons why it was canceled is merely speculation at this point until it is confirmed directly by Microsoft on the reasons why.

"You remember those PDAs that failed miserably?" "Yeah." "Let's stick two together."

And all Apple did was stick 4 iPhones together... Whats your point?

RE: Well that sucks
By phatboye on 4/29/2010 5:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
The courier looked like the perfect format for such a device. I was really looking forward to it. Hopefully some other manufacturer will take the idea of the foldable format and run with it.

I just found this interesting tidbit on tomshardware, it uses this dual screen form factor. Not exactly the same as the Courier, but interesting no the less.

RE: Well that sucks
By Earthmonger on 4/30/2010 3:49:54 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I was genuinely interested in Courier, good feature set, refreshing style. Sad to see they won't consider putting it into production. Maybe someone else will run out something along similar lines? (As long as it isn't more Apple iTrash.)

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