Poof! Microsoft’s vaporous ‘Courier’ slate PC evaporates

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has cancelled Courier, the folding, two-screen prototype tablet that was first uncovered by Gizmodo,” Joel Johnson reports for Gizmodo.

MacDailyNews Take: Hey, where’s Jason? wink

Johnson continues, “We’re told that on Wednesday, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer Microsoft execs informed the internal team that had been working on the tablet device that the project would no longer be supported. We contacted Microsoft, who confirmed that Courier will not go into production. Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications Frank Shaw told us: 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.

Johnson laments, “It is a pity. Courier was one of the most innovative concepts out of Redmond in quite some time.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Joel, buddy, the thing never existed. Repeat after us: “It… was… vaporware.” Sheesh.

Microsoft’s concocted imagery failed to freeze the market, so the “project” is now “cancelled.”

Here’s what we wrote when “Courier” first condensed onto Gizmodo back in September:
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? 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.MacDailyNews Take, September 23, 2009


  1. From the press release:

    “It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity”

    What a load of crap, it is NOT in your DNA, that’s marketing speak you fool.

  2. furthermore…

    When someone says has to TELL you that it’s “in their DNA” to be innovative, they really are just trying to convince you they are because they aren’t. If they are truly innovative people would know it, they wouldn’t have to be told.

    Apple doesn’t go around telling people how innovative they are, they just are and people see it.

    Sorta like someone trying to convince you they are “fair and balanced”. They really aren’t it’s just marketing speak. Sadly people believe it just like they believe Microsoft is innovative.

  3. But… But … Gizmodo did a feature-by-feature showdown between courier and iPad and the courier DEMOLISHED the iPad!!! It was clearly, absolutely going to destroy the iPad instantly!!! And now you are saying…. It was just a concept video trotted out as a cynical “me-too” by Microsoft?

    Oh well, giz will soon do a showdown between the iPad and hp’s “new” slate that runs webOS… I’m sure THAT will be real, right? RIGHT?!

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