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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 Reclaimer77 on 5/20/2011 11:18:19 PM , Rating: 2
Are you serious? It was just a concept product. That's like saying car companies fail because those super concept cars they show us NEVER make it to the dealerships. Which they don't 95% of the time.

They had several OS innovations during the longhorn project that either got dumped completely (the new filesystem)

Innovations that caused so much controversy with programmers and people crying about their "legacy" support that MS was FORCED into scrapping them? Those innovations? Yeah.

Hell remember Vista? MS changes things and does some things new, and BAM, people freak out and grab their pitchforks in defiance. MS is in the impossible position of trying to make EVERYONE happy. And nothing makes people happy like the status quo.

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