May 2 2010

Microsoft Kills Courier Tablet

Another potential tablet bites the dust. Microsoft has just recently canceled plans for its Courier tablet. The tablet was first reported about last fall and apparently is not going to become a reality, at least not anytime soon.

The Courier was received positively by the public because it appeared to be rather innovative. But it may be because of this innovation that Microsoft decided to scrap the tablet: Microsoft does not currently have a way of powering this innovative device. Using a phone OS would not work very well for Microsoft because Windows Mobile 6 is just bad and Mobile 7 has not shipped yet. But using a desktop OS would present problems as well: the Courier interface probably would be quite different from that of Windows 7.

Microsoft may be ready for the Courier someday, but not now. For now, it will have to sit back and watch Apple’s iPad get all the attention.

Via InformationWeek, image via Microsoft.

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