Remember months back, Microsoft was planning to launch a book like tablet- ‘Microsoft Courier?’ The Courier was supposed to have two 7-inch touchscreens connected by a hinge, as the rumours then said. But now, Microsoft has reportedly cancelled plans for its Courier tablet. Now Microsoft claims the project to be dead and add that the project was never officially announced, Gizmodo reports. However their press unit gives no reason for the cancellation.
According to Gizmodo, Microsoft executives informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported. But now the question is that if launched, such a creation would have changed the way students read and write and would have been a success. Even it appeared from the leaked information last year that a Courier prototype was probably near to completion. The combination of both touch- and pen-based computing was convincing. So then what made Microsoft withdraw the project?
Some think that Microsoft has been scared by the competition Apple’s iPad is giving, being the only mobile tablet now. And even the potential for once-strong Palm to fiercely ride into the sunset of popular sales again, could be another reason.
Frank Shaw, Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications said, “At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, and 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.”
But its pity sad for the entire tech crazy people who were really looking forward to it. Definitely it seemed a genuinely inventive and exciting product which could have revolutionised mobile computing and user interfaces in general.
Atleast Microsoft should continue to trim away fragment versions of its core operating systems and focus on Windows 7 (may have the benefit of touch-users) and Windows Phone 7 unity across all its devices. They should also use some of the smart thinking we have seen in Courier which may find its way into Microsoft’s tablets, whether they’re powered by Windows 7 or Windows Phone 7. As only Windows really has the potential to compete in the touch market against the likes of iPad users. Even then, there’s no real word of dedicated Windows 7 plus touch devices to come. As of now, lets hope for the best.