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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 lightfoot on 4/30/2010 12:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
I remember what phones could do before the iPhone came out. Can you?

Blackberries could sync email (using Push too!)

They could Cut & Paste text.

They could play multiple media formats.

They had custom wallpapers and ringtones.

They could send SMS and MMS text messages!

They had expandable memory.

They had batteries that you could replace.

They could make phone calls.

They were affordable.

Admittedly the iPhone has resolved all but the last four of these issues, but even so there are significant things that the phone still can't do. And these limitations are what kept people away from the phone.


RE: Was never a real product
By kmmatney on 4/30/2010 5:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
The Blackberry sucked for browsing the web. All phones sucked at browsing the web before the iPhone, and not many phones had wifi either.

When I needed a new work phone over a year ago, I tried numberous Blackberry models at the store, but they just weren't as useful as the iPhone, so I made the switch and have been happy ever since. I liked the phone so much that I refused to take a re-imbursement for it, as I want to keep the phone if I ever change jobs. I would have never done that with a Blackberry.


By Friendly0Fire on 5/3/2010 1:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
You forgot another extremely advanced and complex technology, one whose conception has long since been forgotten: tactile feedback, or as you might have otherwise known it: buttons. You know, things you could press and feel like you were actually pressing something?


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