Microsoft: the Courier tablet will remain just a concept
May 01st, 2010 - 09:10 am ET by C. D.
If you were waiting for the double screen Courier tablet to be released by Microsoft, then all is lost. Surprisingly, the HP Slate tablet will also be abandoned.
In September 2009, a strange concept of a tactile tablet imagined by Microsoft appeared on the site Gizmodo. Named Courier, the project appeared at the same time rumours that Apple was developing a tablet started to get louder. The appearance of this device gave the impression that Microsoft was perhaps also looking to bring some innovative ideas to the market.
As interesting as it was, the Courier project with its two screens connected by a hinge and its method of use closely resembling that of a diary, was quickly presented as just a concept which would help to crystallise certain ideas. No commercialisation plans were envisaged for the device.
Rumours continued to spread though, that despite what had been announced, the product could possibly be launched in the second quarter of 2010, with a lot of people citing March as the likely time frame. Gizmodo has now poured cold water on this idea, confirming that their sources have indicated that the Courier concept won’t be taken any further, with there being no chance that this will be transformed into a commercial product.
But perhaps some of the ideas presented in this project will find their place in future applications and products?
HP Slate abandoned? At the same time, the site Techcrunch has suggested that HP has finally abandoned the development of their HP Slate tablet, unveiled during the CES 2010 show Las Vegas. This device was even used by Steve Ballmer to demonstrate its capabilities.
HP wasn’t satisfied with the performance of Windows 7, installed on the device as the tablet OS, while the heavy energy use of the Intel Atom processor may have also contributed to the products withdrawal. This news is rather surprising, as things seemed to going as planned for a launch in the second half of 2010.
But with the purchase of Palm providing them with access to the WebOS mobile operating system, HP has now perhaps decided that they should look at other projects. The company is also studying the possibility of integrating Android or Chrome OS into their connected mobile devices, which would provide them with numerous alternatives before being able to adapt WebOS for use on tablet PC’s.