Friday, April 30, 2010

Microsoft Courier - Good News and Bad News

Both Gizmodo and Engadget are reporting that Microsoft this week confirmed the existence of the Courier device that I first wrote about back in September. Sadly, they were confirming it even as they killed the project.

The official Microsoft position is that this was just one of many, many prototype and proof-of-concept projects that they have going on at any given time and that most of them don't make it to become actual products. Of course, speculation is rampant that Microsoft decided they weren't up to the task of taking on the mighty iPad after it's considerable success at launch. It seems to me just as likely that they simply decided to focus their efforts in other areas. Hopefully they'll take the most innovative product features from the Courier and move them into other products.

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