Microsoft working on ‘Courier’ booklet device?

“It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we’ve all been dreaming about the wrong device,” Gizmodo reports. “This is Courier, Microsoft’s astonishing take on the tablet.”

MacDailyNews Take: What’s astonishing about it? That it looks to be 1990’s thick, that it’s stuck running some version of Windows, that it’s vaporous computer graphics with a cartoon demo, or all three?

Gizmodo continues, “Courier is a real device, and we’ve heard that it’s in the ‘late prototype’ stage of development. It’s not a tablet, it’s a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Blah, blah, blah. It’s not a “booklet,” it’s a “vaporlet.” So, why is this “astounding” CG imagery being emitted right now? Are Microsoft worried that a real device is coming soon from another company? And, careful, Gizmodo: Besides having been PlayedForSure, Multi-Touch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Gizmodo’s full article, complete with more computer generated images and the aforementioned cartoon demo, here.


  1. The video over at Giz is kinda cool. But if Microsoft can create something kinda cool – imagine what Apple will do with it. Bad decision to restrict screen fonts to only display Courier though. They’d need to add WingDings to pique my interest.

  2. I use a wacom stylus instead of a mouse and I can tell you that combining the two interfaces in a tablet is an epic fail because the second you pick up and hold the wacom and pretend you are using the courier, you’ll see the massive suckitude of a carpal tunnel causing interface.

    The nasty gutter between the two screens is so big you can drive a truck through it.

    The cartoon hand is great BS. It uses the same gesture for drag and drop as scroll. vaporware.

  3. Two points about this newest edition of Microsoft vaporware:

    When I looked at the picture and video demo, I thought: Wow, that is almost as cool as the “Knowledge Navigator” that Apple (under Sculley) envisioned in the 1980s. For more on that, go here:

    Second, for all those who don’t get the difference, the video – of both the Microsoft booklet and the Knowledge Navigator – does NOT show a real device in action. These are simulations. There is no hardware or software in Microsoft’s labs that actually performs this way. As for Apple, we patiently await the next ding in the universe…

  4. Of course it’s vaporware, just like the rumored Apple tablet is vaporware. I’m sorry, Microsoft deserves a lot of ridicule for their bumbling things done in the past, but this thing looks pretty freaking sweet! Competition is a good thing. Let’s see what Apple comes up with (please don’t just release an oversized Touch).

  5. I am a mac fan boy.

    And I must say, it looked pretty cool.

    Too bad it will never exist.

    Apple under promises and over delivers.

    MS over promises and under delivers.

    And the lemmings fall for it every time.

  6. OLPC 2 over a year ago. Was hoping Apple would run with the idea. If Microsoft can produce anything like this, it will take a bite out of Apple. Hope if Apple produces a tablet it is in this form factor. Great for students and business people.

  7. LMAO at the cartoon demo. Could they possibly have stolen any more ideas from the iPhone? Let’s not forget the iPhone OS is not the original Mac OS. Violate its copious patents — as this device clearly does — and Apple will own your ass. GLWT, Microsoft.

  8. Apple hasn’t let out any full blown pictures, videos and descriptions of its mythical tablet like MS clearly did on purpose. Apple only shows shipping products (or near shipping products) nowadays. Once this “concept product” actually has to have a real OS, a real battery, a real screen, a real flash drive, etc. that’s when things start to get dicey, and you wind up with something too flimsy, too limited, too expensive, not enough battery time, etc.

    Think about it. Which OS will this thing use? WinMo7? Windows7? Zune OS4? SurfaceOS? Every one of those OSes has serious drawbacks in a mobile device. That’s why MS has completely bungled every product in the mobile space in the last 10 years. It doesn’t have a competent mobile OS. Even if MS somehow managed to create a completely new, super cool OS, then you would have another set of problems: no software, no drivers, incompatibility with current MS products, etc.

    This thing is already stillborn.

  9. My vote still goes like this……There is no Apple iTablet. Never will be……all these other fools can make tablets or booklets or digital matchbooks if they want. Apple has never promised it, talked about it or even alluded to a tablet. What these companies are vying to imitate is a fantasy that has been fueled my misguided tech analysts. Thanks to them, AAPL will fall hard when no announcement is made. That could possibly be the reason behind the hype. The opportunistic Brokerage firm that started the Apple iTablet rumour will benefit from shorting I’m sure…….

    To MS and all the other wannabes……..have fun trying to copy something that isn’t coming……

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