Microsoft Cans Courier Tablet Project

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Microsoft has canceled its tablet project known as Courier, according to Gizmodo. The development team got the news from Big Redmond execs on Wednesday, though it had been thought that the company was near to producing a prototype of the device.

“At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them,” Microsoft said in a statement published by Gizmodo. “It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”

In the concept state that was leaked to Gizmodo and Engadget in late 2009 and then again earlier this year, Courier was a two-display device that folded in the middle like a book. It was controlled by a stylus and used what was essentially a custom OS with its own interface and GUI concepts.

It was met with derision by many in the Mac Web, but also elicited praise and interest from some quarters. As of now, however, we won’t see how the device would fare against Apple’s iPad, tablet devices powered by Android, and other tablet products that will soon be in the market.


Courier Photo Leaked to EngadgetCourier Photo Leaked to Engadget

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Comments

Tiger

So does this mean that MS will actually start writing software for the iPad? Even Office Lite? It’s not like we need to do visual basic scripting, but the ability to work with Excel, Word, and PPT files would be useful, even for minor tweaks. The iPad doesn’t REPLACE a laptop, but it can do touch ups, that’s for sure!

Tiger

I suppose stuff like this could have had something to do with the decision too….


Yet another use for the iPad, you know that useless device???

daemon

It’s too bad, the courier would have been a great product to get my hands on.

NEALC5

That’s why Apple keeps all of their product plans secret, so they can cancel any product in development at any time.

And it takes more than a visionary video to make a great product. Some products look great, but you can’t build it, or you’d have to charge way too much for it, or it requires a big ecosystem to be valuable.  This Courier did LOOK good, but how many people would have actually bought it?  Who were its intended users?  It looked like a great tool for R&D folk and creative types.  But to make the most $ these days, the product would have to appeal to the average consumer.

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