Microsoft Dashes Dreams Of "Courier" Tablet PC

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What a wild week in technology it has been. Sony has been sued, HTC nowhas to pay Microsoft each time they sell an Android phone, Adobe andApple are publicly humiliating one another, Palm was purchased by HP,and now Microsoft has decided against following the herd and producinga tablet of their own. Wait, what?

For those who don't closely follow Microsoft's every move, the death ofa product you've never heard of probably comes as somewhat of a shock.You weren't hidden under a rock or anything, it's just that Microsoftnever actually came forward and confirmed that a so-called "Courier"was a real product before. Well, until they did so today by announcingthat the very product that had been rumored for years was in fact nolonger moving forward towards production.

The tale is a long and winding one, but the story sadly ends today.Well, at least for now. Or so they say. It's a confusing story that hasan even more confusing conclusion, particularly when you consider thatjust about everyone is either already planning to enter the Tablet PCarena or is shipping a tablet as we speak. Microsoft has never been oneto back down; they introduced the Zune even in the face ofunsurmountable competition from the iPod, and Windows Mobile waseffectively put on the back burner as they created Windows Phone 7 tocompete with iPhone OS, WebOS and Android. So, why pull out of theTablet sector?

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For those who don't know the backstory, whispers had told thatMicrosoft was secretly planning to release their own tablet PC, the"Courier." Renders even emerged, and many were hoping this would be the"iPad killer" we're all still waiting for. When Microsoft CEO SteveBallmer arrived at CES with a tablet on hand, many just knew it was theCourier's turn to shine; instead, the HP Slate was revealed. A finemachine, but certainly not one with the hype of the Courier. Therenders looked amazing, and the user interface honestly looked likenothing the world had ever seen. Now, we may never see it in reality.Frank Shaw, the lead of Microsoft's PR department, came forward todaywith this statement:

"At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested and incubated. The 'Courier' project is an example of this typeof effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in futureMicrosoft offerings."

Of course, Microsoft may restart the project at any time, but it's notlikely in our estimation. Tablet PCs have never been hotter, andthere's no better time to jump on the bandwagon than now. Waiting fiveyears probably isn't the smartest move to make, so if you were hopingfor a Microsoft-branded tablet, you should probably try to put it allbehind you and move forward. Tough news to hear, we're sure.
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realneil replied on Sat, May 1 2010 11:48 AM

So I never saw it, touched it, used it, but I miss it?

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muminovtm replied on Sun, May 2 2010 10:18 PM

I saw it, dearm it, and really miss it. If there would be a 1% probability to recover that project, i'm really would sign petition of whatevere to Microsoft.

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