In the midst of all the iPad hullabaloo, several less hype-inducing bits of news may have been overlooked. Gearlog reports that Microsoft has sent out letters inviting press to a launch event on April 12 in San Francisco. The letters don't say what is launching, but they do give up a tag line; “It's Time to Share.”
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The invitation is packed with pictures of young women being silly in front of a camera. The invitations went out to mobile device bloggers and writers, so whatever release this is it has SOMETHING to do with that category. We don't know if it is software, hardware, or some new info on Windows Phone 7.
I'm going to go ahead and start some speculation; this could be the announcement of the Courier. I'm not going to say that is likely, but there aren't any other leads as of yet. The tag-line would definitely fit with the Courier (which looks to be all about content creation/media sharing) and it could easily end up defined as a mobile device.
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We already expect the Courier to be a 3G device, which would give it as much of a claim to the mobile sphere as the iPad. Microsoft could be aiming to take the wind out of the iPad's sails and ride some of that wave of enthusiasm the tablet has generated straight to the bank.
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