The Courier: Not Dead, Just Sleeping?

Posted: Apr 30 2010, 12:54am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 8:12am CDT, in Rumors | Rumors

 
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Yesterday, Gizmodo was informed by trusted contacts that the Microsoft Courier project had been killed. Expensive, promising projects are cancelled quite frequently due to cost or practicality, and the loss of this one particular product is not exceptional...but what if all is not as it seems?

As some of you may remember, back in October MobileCrunch received word from a trusted inside source that Microsoft's Project Pink (which went on to become the Kin) was “dead in the water”. The development team was in shambles and basically already dead. It sounded like a nightmare; most of the team fired, unusable and buggy tech, etc. In reality, of course, things were fine-or at least far enough along to unveil six months later.

It's possible that the same thing has happened to Courier. The project may not resurface with the same name, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a dual-screen tablet with at least a few familiar features pop up in the next year or so. Even if Courier does die, Microsoft would be fools to ignore what developing the Courier (and the public reaction to their “leaked” plans) has taught them about tablet PCs.

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