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
caught wind of Courier back in September of 2009 and were quickly
intrigued by its innovative user interface and dual-display "book"
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
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
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.
quote: One could say that the iPad was also just an experiment. It is possible that Microsoft simply looked at the evolving tablet market and decided that there is simply no profit to be made in hardware. Microsoft should focus on Windows 7 and make it the OS of choice for all tablets. Thankfully Apple set the OS bar very low on their tablet; beating them should be a breeze.
quote: And you forget that the Courier was actually demoed well before any the iPad was ever shown to the public.