Microsoft Axes the Courier Tablet

Mon, May 3, 2010

Industry, Mobile

Gizmodo has a report that Microsoft’s fancy new tablet project codenamed ‘Courier’ has gotten the cancellation axe dropped on it. The prototype featured on many sites featured a design with two touch screens in a package that folded much like a book.

That same report states that executives at Microsoft informed the ‘Courier’ team this past Wednesday that the project was no longer being supported. There was no official announcement from Microsoft concerning the cancellation but considering there was no official Microsoft announcement about the existence of the tablet in the first place, it’s not too much of a blunder.

The information that leaked about the tablet initially showed that the project was generally far along and excited many of the viewers of the leaked content. Gizmodo believes that the project could have possibly been axed due to the release of the iPad which would have shown the Courier strict competition.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw told Gizmodo: “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.”

While I would say it’s a bummer that this project would ever see the light of day, I can’t be too disappointed due to there never being an official announcement or feature list. I also agree with Gizmodo in that Microsoft should focus attention on making Windows 7 even more successful and continue innovating Windows Phone 7 into the top tier mobile platform it has the potential to be.

As for Courier: to those of you who had it on their wishlist, you have my condolences. Despite not knowing much about it, it had promise. The only thing we have left are pictures and a few neat videos. I have attached below one of the most impressive demos of the Courier.

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