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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

April 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Microsoft won’t deliver Courier tablet

I guess I’ll stop looking for Courier tablet prototypes left on barstools at the Overlake Azteca.

Microsoft told its now-favorite gadget blog Gizmodo that the prototype touch-and-pen ebook/notebook won’t go to market.

Gizmodo was given a glimpse of the project last September, around the time iPad buzz was heating up. I wonder if it was leaked by developers trying to keep the project alive inside Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices group.

Its report today said Microsoft executives decided Wednesday to stop supporting the project.

I wonder if there’s a connection with HP’s decision yesterday to use the Palm operating system for upcoming tablet computing devices. Was Courier an engineering demonstration for HP and other computer makers?

Whatever the plans were for Courier, spokesman Frank Shaw drove a nail into its coffin with a statement to the blog:

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.

Here’s a screenshot from Gizmodo’s first report on the Courier, in which it called the iPad challenger “astonishing.”

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Comments | Topics: apple, courier, gizmodo

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