Microsoft’s Ballmer to show HP tablet, not ‘Courier’ vaporware

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“In his keynote speech opening the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tonight [Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer] will be showing off a new Hewlett-Packard slate that runs Microsoft software,” Kara Swisher reports for AllThingsD.

“Apple will be launching its much heralded slate at an event in San Francisco Jan. 27, as All Things Digital has previously reported,” Swisher reports. “The Apple device is garnering the expected flood of hype, of course. So don’t expect Ballmer to pointlessly go against the tide of this particular tsunami, thereby painting its slate efforts as also-ran.

Swisher reports, “While Ballmer might talk about a range of products related to Microsoft, and there will be multiform hardware shown, including multitouch, tablet-type devices, there will be no grand showing of the one called the Courier, which Microsoft is reportedly working on with HP.”

Full article here.

Gizmodo’s Brian Lam tweets, “Just so you know, no courier today at the CES keynote. My sources said it was far off.”

MacDailyNews Take: So much for the upstaging.

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


  1. “there will be no grand showing of the one called the Courier”

    ….. and there never will be.

    I`m sure a “Courier” tablet will be released someday, but it will in no way resemble the one in the vaporware video.

  2. I haven’t weighed in on any MDN articles in a while. This one, however, has me thinking. Since it appears AT&T;is making a virtual grab for smartphones, could this signal that they will definitely lose their iPhone exclusivity soon?

  3. Dueling vapor ware. The alleged iSlate versus the alleged Courier. Whatever specs Ballmer claims the Courier has the mac-fan-boy technical anal-ists can squawk back..”Apples has the same but to infinity”. That’ll teach M$.

    just my $0.02

  4. I actually liked the Courier video. I write a lot and would be happy to have something as interactive as the thing seems. Beats lugging my laptop around to jot down inspiration or do more serious work on projects.

    My iPhone Notes is a poor tool for such stuff. Good for pecking simple ideas, titles, but tedious to write, say a whole page of dialogue or observation.

    The only problem, syncing capability with my Macbook….

    The so-called iSlate (still like Tabula Rasa) will be a pain to lug around, I suspect.

  5. Microsoft has never been about creating the best products/services/software, it has on the other hand created the good enough concept. Microsoft never thought of outdoing Apple as far as the MP3 player, the simply wanted a good enough product. The problem that I see is that this type of mentality used to work well for them because the desktop revolution was mainly comprised of uneducated computer users that really did not know the deference. But times have changed, and the uneducated computer users is becoming something of a rarity.

    My kid is only 6 years old and he already know perfectly how to operate my wife’s Mac Book Pro. People are becoming more discerning as far as what is happening with Windows and the Mac OS. I have seen more people switch this past two years then in all my years as a Mac user. What we are witnessing is the fall of a corporate empier. Good enough is no longer good enough.

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