Microsoft wants to steal Apple’s thunder, to announce ‘innovative concept in development’ on Tuesday

“Microsoft is about to announce a new product or technology from Microsoft Research, and the mysterious product offering is slowly coming into focus. A viral marketing website has been launched to create buzz, but it appears as though the cat may be already out of the bag. Microsoft’s Origami Project appears to be nothing other than a tablet PC design aimed at entertainment and mobile computing. Pictured below, one such device appears to be smaller than most sub-compact laptops, and other imagery suggests that the keyboard is easily detachable,” Ken “Caesar” Fisher reports for Ars Technica. “Leaked video of the device suggests that it can play movies, show pictures, offer web browsing (presumably with WiFi support, but rumors also talk of 3G wireless), and function as a tablet PC for the purposes of note-taking and other pen-based applications.”

Fisher reports, “While enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting what Apple is going to announce on Tuesday, they may be hearing from Microsoft, too. The company announced a surprise media presentation to be held on Tuesday evening at which an ‘innovative concept in development’ will be unveiled… Could it be Origami? …The scheduling of the event certainly raised some eyebrows. Is Microsoft looking to steal some thunder from Apple? What exactly is Apple planning? Putting two and two together, I wonder if Microsoft believes that Apple may be launching a new video playback device itself. There are certainly rumors to this effect, but could Microsoft know for certain?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “pat” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: As we all know, Microsoft has a wholly unique definition of the word “innovative.” “Concept in development” to Microsoft usually means you’ll be waiting forever to buy a buggy piece of junk. So, from the looks of the photos and videos we’ve seen, “Origami” looks to fit the billing of a Microsoft “innovative concept in development” perfectly.

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  1. Whatever happened to that Photoshop killer they launched as a beta months ago? Acrylic? Any news?

    Same old Microsoft, I LOVE reading about their new products, because (unless it’s a hoover) they will SUCK!

    Must be hard being in charge of a sinking ship like Ballmer is now.

  2. Wow, it looks like you can run paint on it!

    Ultimately a device with which you could seamlessly interact with all your devices and systems would be great but does anyone think for a second that MS could pull it off?

    That Cameraman looked to be proofing his pics with it and managing his workflow – using what? For that you want Aperture or iPhoto surely? Apple have the tools, they just need to bring it all together.

  3. Apple launches products available within days or weeks of an announcement.

    Microsoft launches concepts which may be available within a few years, if their OEMs get their act together. And if M$ ever finish the underlying OS.

    I know which I’m betting on as an investor.

  4. Im not surprised Microsoft has suddenly announced something to be shown off at exactly the same time as Apple.

    This is a tactic they now seem to be doing regularly – waiting for Apple to announce a media event and then Microsoft announcing a media event on the same day at the same time.

    Knowing Microsoft, they will announce this ‘product’ – and guess what, it won’t be available for 2 years!

    Wheras Apple will announce a product tomorrow and it will be available to buy FROM TOMORROW.

    A major difference between the 2 companies – shipping real product and ‘vapourware’.

    Guess which company will make money in additional sales tomorrow… (the name begins with an ‘A’)

  5. This seems to be another example of anti-competitive behavior on the part of the big MS. Dont they have a history of anouncing similar products that dont even exist to steal the show from or actually kill startups technologies before they even take off? If this is the case they should be ashamed of themselves.

  6. Whatever it is , it will certainly __________________.

    Fill in the blank with any of the following
    a. be ugly
    b. be a pain to use
    c. not integrate with a PC very well
    d. take years to develop
    e. be a weak knock off of whatever Apple does
    f. be ridden with security issues
    g. have a really really stupid name
    h. be presented years from now by and even fatter sweatier monkey boy.

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