“Another bites the dust”, as the song goes, seems fitting of today’s rumors of big name tablet deaths. Gizmodo reports that Microsoft has canceled plans for their Microsoft Courier tablet. Actually this story broke before the HP Slate story, but I don’t think the two are connected in any way. It just seems weird that two big named Windows powered tablets go down in flames, one after another. And also like the HP rumor, there has been no official word from Redmond, but at the same time Microsoft never publicly confirmed the existence of the Courier either. Gizmodo, which broke the story of the Courier idea last fall, made a call to Microsoft to see if all this was true, and here is what they said:
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.
For those of you not familiar with the Courier tablet, it was by far the most unique idea for tablet yet. It was going to be a dual-screen tablet, connected by a hinge for a book-like design. It would of more than likely doubled as a great ebook reader also. I think it would of done well, I mean a Microsoft branded tablet, that was really truly different from the iPad or regular “slate” design. “Coulda, woulda, shoulda!”