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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: Wasted potential
By acer905 on 5/20/2011 12:23:31 PM , Rating: 2
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/LX.RF702...

Acer Iconia

Dual 14" multitouch screens
2.66GHz Core i5-480M CPU
64bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
1199.99 USD

Hows that sound?


RE: Wasted potential
By Silverel on 5/20/2011 2:08:32 PM , Rating: 2
That looks really really good actually. Thank you. I didn't know these had even come out... Shouldn't you guys be making a big deal over these or something?


RE: Wasted potential
By Aloonatic on 5/20/2011 3:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
That isn't really a tablet as both of the screens are much larger.

There have been articles on here about it:

http://www.dailytech.com/Acers+DualScreen+Laptop+I...

Probably others too, before it got it's retail name.


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