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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 T2k on 5/22/2011 1:34:03 PM , Rating: 0
Are you high? Since when IIS is a fuckin standalone product? Or ASP.NET? These are supporting technologies, pretty much only introduced to make sure they will not use existing open source products (classic scumbag MS approach.)

MS has almost NOTHING to show for its R&D budget - you listed exactly what he said: beyond OS and Office there's barely anything to show. FYI Xbox is not even marketed like Microsoft but as Xbox - they know very well their name is tainted...

It IS Ballmer, this bald, dumb, arrogant fat prick - his utterly clueless about anything beyond using a mouse, a classic stupid bean-counter, nothing else.


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