Microsoft's dual-screen Courier tablet cancelled

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Microsoft’s Courier, the promising dual-screen tablet concept that the company have been teasing us with since September of last year will now never see the light of day.

Frank Shaw, Microsoft Corporate VP of Communications, confirmed that work on the Courier is set to wrap up: “It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and user interfaces…the Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”

It’s such a shame. The Courier was the most exciting hardware concept Microsoft have thrown around for some time. Combining multi-touch gestures and a clever take on stylus controls, the dual-screen tablet looked perfect for multi-tasking and ebook reading alike.

Whether Apple’s strength in the tablet market is too much for Microsoft to take, the Courier hardware just wasn’t up to scratch or the research into the concept will lead to a new grand design a little further down the line, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Either way, that’s two Microsoft tablets scrapped in a day then. Apple’s Steve Jobs must be browsing his iPad pretty smugly now.

Gerald Lynch

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