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April 30, 2010

Microsoft Courier tablet won’t ever be delivered

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by Darren Allan

Microsoft’s plans to jam its foot in the tablet PC door appear to have come to a grinding halt, with the announcement that its Courier device has been scrapped.

The Courier was a touchscreen tablet featuring dual displays, hinged in the middle so it was like a book. It would have used both touchscreen and stylus input.

Development had gone quite far on the project, and Gizmodo reckons that Microsoft pretty much had a working prototype finished.

So why the decision to can it at this relatively late stage?

A Microsoft spokesman told Gizmodo that: “At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. 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.”

Of course, the success Apple’s iPad appears to be enjoying with its initial sales run in the States may also have had something to do with it.

Whatever the exact reason, it’s clear that the Courier is now DOA; dead on arrival.

Actually, DJBA; dead just before arrival. Luckily we won’t have to think up any more terrible courier delivery/arrival puns any more, seeing as that’s the last we’ll be hearing of the device.

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