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Microsoft Courier tablet is dead.
Pioneer Studios offices closed and employees scattered

A year after Microsoft killed the much-anticipated Courier tablet project, PC World reports that the entire team responsible for the project, Pioneer Studios, has disbanded.

Although Courier was never an official Microsoft product, the design and concept behind the dual-screen hinged tablet garnered a lot of enthusiasm. (Note: Sony is expected to launch a tablet with a similar form factor in the near future.)

Pioneer Studios' Seattle office closed a year after J Allard, a former top designer at Microsoft credited with founding Pioneer, left the company. Pioneer cofounder, George Petschnigg, is now listed as an "entrepreneur" working on an "undisclosed new venture" on his LinkedIn profile. He was instrumental in securing $20 million in development funding for the now dead Courier. According to a PC World, he is now at Microsoft's Startup Business Group. 

Other Pioneer Studios employees have also reportedly left the company or have joined other groups, notably the Startup Business Group.

In addition to Pioneer, Microsoft has a number of other incubation groups, including FUSE Labs, the Garage, and the Hardware Incubation Lab.



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RE: fools...
By jonp on 5/20/2011 12:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
You are spot-on about Balmer. He should have been fired long ago. It's hard to imagine Gates sitting around watching Balmer dismantle one of the great business success stories. MS has lots of smart people but Balmer wastes their talent and ignores their counsel. He is seen as a bad joke. It is really almost too hard to watch MS suffer under his total misdirection of MS resources and talent. And you're right that he is sucking every last dollar out of the legacy products; in fact, that is his only focus.


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