Ex-Microsoftie Robbie Bach confirms ‘Courier’ was vaporware

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadTechFlash’s Todd Bishop conducts an “exit interview” with Microsoft’s outgoing Entertainment & Devices Division president, Robbie Bach. One answer caught our eye:

Bishop asked Bach about Microsoft’s “Courier” device and Bach replied, “Well, Courier — Courier, first of all, wasn’t a device. The project and the incubation and the exploration we did on Courier I view as super important. The “device” people saw in the video isn’t going to ship, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn a bunch and innovate a bunch in the process. And I’m sure a bunch of that innovation will show up in Microsoft products, absolutely confident of it.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As per Bach’s last sentence: 20 years of bullshitting is obviously tough to stop immediately, if ever. As for the rest, yes, sometimes it’s tough always being right, but, hey, somebody has to do it:

“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?” – MacDailyNews Take, September 23, 2009, the day “Courier” supposedly was “leaked” by Gizmodo.

We find it immensely amusing that Microsoft still thinks they have the power to freeze markets. Up in Redmond, they’re delusional beyond repair.

42 Comments

  1. What makes this story priceless is to read the comments on the original Gizmodo article. All these fools talking about how they can’t wait a second with out one. Now they will wait a lifetime.

  2. The style difference between Apple and Microsoft. Apple talks about a product or service when it either is now available or has to be cleared by the FCC. Microsoft does vapor trial balloons about possible tech-turds pilled on decades old rotting foundations.

    Anyone ever seen that Big Ass Table in the real world yet?

  3. Read the full story. Those people are delusional. Their time has come and gone. Great products coming??? What a bunch of preconceived nonsense he is spewing. Hopefully once he stops drinking that MS kool aid he will realize what he us saying

    Ballmer will drive these programs into the ground. Thank God.

  4. Yes and I remember all the PCbeenies on the forums going on about how wonderful this vapourware was, how its worth waiting a few months after iPad and buy it, how it is so superior in almost every respect, how its what Apple would love to have produced blah, blah, blah. Its amazing just how good a product is when it never has to se the light of day. You can see why Ballmer is Ballmer when he has been brought up on delusional devotees such as these, what he can’t deal with however is how few of them there are still to delude, so instead he simply sacks the scapegoats he blames for it.

  5. Gizmodo, You and your website are a laughingstock today.

    Giz:
    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. They’re connected by a hinge blah blah…

    Bach: Well, Courier — Courier, first of all, wasn’t a device. The project and the incubation and the exploration we did on Courier I view as super important. The “device” people saw in the video isn’t going to ship, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn a bunch and innovate a bunch in the process blah blah…

  6. To be fair, there HAS been some interesting stuff coming out of Microsoft’s R&D;lately, some of which has been featured at the TED conferences: Seadragon/Photosynth, worldwide telescope, augmented-reality maps, and Pivot (based on Seadragon tech).

    I’m no fans of Redmond, but it’s not like they’re coming up with nothing. Their scientists are first-rate…it’s just that what they ship doesn’t measure up to the brains on the payroll.

    Sort of like the U.S. auto industry. Lots of great designers and engineers, and lackluster products coming out the door.

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