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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: WP7 team is next!
By jnemesh on 5/20/2011 7:15:08 PM , Rating: 1
LOL! Exactly! The funny thing is, when you point this out to the Microserfs, they throw iPhone or Android year one figures out, like there is some kind of comparison to what happened 3 years ago to what is happening today...they kinda forget that there is actually COMPETITION out there now. Well, they will figure it out next year, when M$ DOUBLES its market share to a whopping 3 million sold!

RE: WP7 team is next!
By Alexvrb on 5/20/2011 7:22:35 PM , Rating: 3
Android had a real uphill battle when it was new, and many people scoffed at their chances, just like you are now.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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