Microsoft confirms Courier tablet, quashes hopes of shipping it

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  • Reply 21 of 100
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hypoluxa View Post


    Oooh yes the MS Store! How is that venture going I wonder?



    I heard that they had a customer last week.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    Microsoft didn't cancel the Courier, which never existed.



    That's not really fair. I'm not sure it was EVER meant to be a Microsoft product.



    Microsoft may have been simply exploring touch-based products for incorporation into Windows 7.5 or 8 with the intent that they could release a touch-enable OS and OTHERS would build the hardware.
  • Reply 22 of 100
    jetzjetz Posts: 1,293member
    Too bad. It was one of the more innovative products from MS.



    I don't see it as being in competition with the iPad though. The iPad is a media consumption devices for the average person. The Courier would have been more of a productivity tool...much closer to replacing a PDA or a light laptop really, for a lot of business users.
  • Reply 23 of 100
    Microsoft probably realized that Apple has already created the Courier. Someone would just buy two wi-fi iPads and put them in one carrying case where the iPads can face each other. One has the web running and the other has everything else running. They can talk to each other through wi-fi. Yes, it would cost $1,000. But at least those Microsoft fans can have their Courier today.
  • Reply 24 of 100
    MSFT had to can Courier as they ran out of duct tape which they were using to hold two iPads together.



    Sent from my iPad.
  • Reply 25 of 100
    djsherlydjsherly Posts: 1,031member
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    Originally Posted by walshbj View Post


    "It's in our DNA" and "It's not in our DNA" -- phrases well on their way to blatant overuse. Along with "robust" and "product b is like product a on steroids."



    One I think that is flogged mercilessly is the term 'ecosystem'.
  • Reply 26 of 100
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,757member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jetz View Post


    Too bad. It was one of the more innovative products from MS.



    What "product'?
  • Reply 27 of 100
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kirkgray View Post


    BTW. When does JooJoo ship?



    What's a joojoo?
  • Reply 28 of 100
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    And a thousand Windows fairies die...
  • Reply 29 of 100
    asherianasherian Posts: 144member
    Microsoft has massive, massive R&D budgets and they've got TONS of prototypes and technologies that never explicitly become products. It's not a failure, it's just how R&D works. It's not vapourware, it's just how R&D works.



    http://research.microsoft.com



    Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but they do a lot of really cool stuff. Stuff 99% of people here wouldn't understand because it's not shiny, but it's still important. Courier was something they've been experimenting with for years, and things they've learned from Courier have been rolled into Zune HD and Windows Phone 7 and upcoming products.



    Again, this is how R&D works. It's also a major tax credit.
  • Reply 30 of 100
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,727member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Asherian View Post


    Microsoft has massive, massive R&D budgets and they've got TONS of prototypes and technologies that never explicitly become products. It's not a failure, it's just how R&D works. It's not vapourware, it's just how R&D works.



    http://research.microsoft.com



    Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but they do a lot of really cool stuff. Stuff 99% of people here wouldn't understand because it's not shiny, but it's still important. Courier was something they've been experimenting with for years, and things they've learned from Courier have been rolled into Zune HD and Windows Phone 7 and upcoming products.



    Again, this is how R&D works. It's also a major tax credit.



    It is kind of funny though if you go back to the blogs prior to iPad launch and see all the WinBoiz saying they were waiting for the HP Courier and listing its many features that were better than iPad and how it would blow iPad away ... just saying
  • Reply 31 of 100
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,727member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jetz View Post


    Too bad. It was one of the more innovative products from MS.



    I don't see it as being in competition with the iPad though. The iPad is a media consumption devices for the average person. The Courier would have been more of a productivity tool...much closer to replacing a PDA or a light laptop really, for a lot of business users.



    I think you confuse innovative with imaginary. I have a list of imaginary products, care to invest?
  • Reply 32 of 100
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,727member
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    Originally Posted by msimpson View Post


    Maybe Adobe could make a tablet that runs everything in Flash, since it so wonderful? Then Adobe could deliver 'the full web" to everyone?







    best idea today. Maybe M$ can imagine it into being for them.
  • Reply 33 of 100
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by walshbj View Post


    "It's in our DNA" and "It's not in our DNA" -- phrases well on their way to blatant overuse. Along with "robust" and "product b is like product a on steroids."



    Our robust DNA was just thinking outside the box.
  • Reply 34 of 100
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Asherian View Post


    Microsoft has massive, massive R&D budgets and they've got TONS of prototypes and technologies that never explicitly become products. It's not a failure, it's just how R&D works. It's not vapourware, it's just how R&D works.



    http://research.microsoft.com



    Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but they do a lot of really cool stuff. Stuff 99% of people here wouldn't understand because it's not shiny, but it's still important. Courier was something they've been experimenting with for years, and things they've learned from Courier have been rolled into Zune HD and Windows Phone 7 and upcoming products.



    Again, this is how R&D works. It's also a major tax credit.



    Even when the basic product is not released to market, MS can still claim it as a tax credit, really?
  • Reply 35 of 100
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,742member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by walshbj View Post


    "It's in our DNA" and "It's not in our DNA" -- phrases well on their way to blatant overuse. Along with "robust" and "product b is like product a on steroids."



    Did someone already vote for (product)-killer?
  • Reply 36 of 100
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by John.B View Post


    Did someone already vote for (product)-killer?



    No, but that's a comment that really "pops".
  • Reply 37 of 100
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,885member
    Consider this: the Courier is actually more imaginary than a perpetual motion machine. With a perpetual motion machine, at least there are some people who are actually trying to build one. The Courier, even its biggest proponent has no plans of building one.



    But wait. Maybe Goldman Sachs can package a synthetic security based on Courier futures, then they can hold the short side while all the people drooling over Courier's imaginary features can go long. Would that make the Courier less imaginary?



    If a Courier falls in the forest . . .
  • Reply 38 of 100
    they might as well confirm that the courier is vaporware...



    but wait we already know that
  • Reply 39 of 100
    kreshkresh Posts: 379member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Asherian View Post


    Microsoft has massive, massive R&D budgets and they've got TONS of prototypes and technologies that never explicitly become products. It's not a failure, it's just how R&D works. It's not vapourware, it's just how R&D works.



    http://research.microsoft.com



    Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but they do a lot of really cool stuff. Stuff 99% of people here wouldn't understand because it's not shiny, but it's still important. Courier was something they've been experimenting with for years, and things they've learned from Courier have been rolled into Zune HD and Windows Phone 7 and upcoming products.



    Again, this is how R&D works. It's also a major tax credit.



    Yeah, tell that one to the legions of Microsofties on Engadget threatening to commit suicide.
  • Reply 40 of 100
    ihxoihxo Posts: 567member
    like I always say, the awesome powers of vaporware.
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