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Microsoft attempts to redefine the tablet with secret Courier device

If rumors around Microsoft's secret Courier tablet are true, will it make Microsoft a leader in mobile tech? And, will IT soon be support Couriers?

Last week, Gizmodo.com published a video of Courier--a new Microsoft tablet. According to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley, the Courier is apparently past the research stage in Microsoft's product development process but not yet in the commercialization pipeline.

Earlier this week, Gizmodo followed up with a second clip, which Gizmodo said was produced by the same firm that collaborated with Microsoft's Pioneer Studios on the earlier video.

If the Courier is indeed in the Microsoft pipeline, do you think it will be a hit with business users? Will you be support these things in the near future?

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11 comments
ScarF
ScarF

This cartoons movie looks exactly the same like the old Vista presentation movies back in '03, and we all know how Vista ended to be. I have great doubts that the actual product - if exists -, will have more than 10% of the presented facilities and interface design. I have lots of MS certifications and I earn my money supporting MS products but - in regards to their promises -, I stopped trusting them many years ago, and I have huge doubts that an actual product will resemble in any way the presentation. Talking SciFi, though, the presented gadget - exactly as it is presented plus some extra features - may push MS in the top of mobile devices.

Kenone
Kenone

I'm sure that people who cannot spell or use proper grammar will love it.

noahspurrier
noahspurrier

There is no way a tablet stylus could support handwriting that small. Granted, this was just an illustration of their vision, but this is probably the more impractical element of the video. Writing digital ink with a stylus on tablet screen has always sucked and will continue to suck unless they've developed some new technology to make it not suck. Even with an incremental improvement nobody is going to be handwriting tiny cursive print onto a tablet screen any time soon.

rabear
rabear

i hope they can allow it to rotate for handedness. i can imagine the system going berserk went the side of the hand sweeps the screens all too often.

irinam
irinam

Bill, I think your survey above is missing one huge point. I don't know if Courier will be a big hit with business users, and who cares? I think Courier will be a huge hit with consumer users. Consumer markets, especially women sectors, have been hungry for consolidated technology solutions that help modernize home management as much as we've modernized business management for a long time. Courier is exciting because it demonstrates the possibilities and opens the door for a whole new category of devices! At some point, we will have to move from PC on every desk to something else wherever we are, and it is exciting to see Microsoft lead the way on this. While smartphones are fighting for the market share of business users, it would be a shame for Microsoft to lose focus of their greatest asset ? productivity tools for home and business, and relinquish consumer market to the likes of iPhone tablet, etc. I think MS will continue to be the leader in personal computing (mobile of course, what else is there in our future?), as long as they invest the effort into understanding their users as much as they understand their customers and focus on capturing new markets. Thanks for the post! My 2c.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Last week, Gizmodo.com published a video of Courier?a new Microsoft tablet. According to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley, the Courier is apparently past the research stage in Microsoft?s product development process but not yet in the commercialization pipeline. Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=1063 If the Courier is indeed in the Microsoft pipeline, do you think it will be a hit with business users? Will you be support these things in the near future?

boweb
boweb

..I have been using handwriting for over 10 years, and it works just fine. I suppose it maters what kind of hand you have, what device and what application it uses. And with modern mobile processors and new screen and digitizer( .if.) technology it can only improve.

boweb
boweb

I think its an great idea. The Filofax has always been an useful item. If they can make it flat enough, and the screens scrip. Fast enough for the applications, wrapped in an fashionable jacket. I think they will have an winning concept. Especially woman and business people would like it a lot. Will it run Windows or Modile? But who cares, if it runs what you need it for.

1bn0
1bn0

cant seem to get it to post at the right level.

1bn0
1bn0

cant seem to get it to post at the right level.

nick.p
nick.p

I think that if this is even 2/3rds possible at a reasonable cost, Microsoft would have problems meeting demand. Look at the format... it looks like a book, could it be used in place of an electronic book? interactive as the video was, it looks like its a modern life support system who cares if business users want one ... I do!

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