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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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RE: Was never a real product
By Spivonious on 4/29/2010 5:16:12 PM , Rating: 1
I would love it if Surface came down in cost and was built into coffee tables, kitchen counters, etc.


RE: Was never a real product
By lightfoot on 4/29/2010 5:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
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...and was built into coffee tables, kitchen counters, etc.

As long as it is upgradeable. I don't want to have to replace my whole kitchen counter every 18-24 months.


RE: Was never a real product
By monkeyman1140 on 4/30/2010 1:15:30 AM , Rating: 2
Just duct tape an ipad to your coffee table.


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