The HP Slate isn’t the only future gadget we have been hearing a lot about that was killed off this week. Microsoft has terminated the slick dual screen Courier tablet project.
The odd thing is that we had been hearing that the Courier would be coming to market in 2011. I think that perhaps some of the companies are figuring out that an expensive device that is only a netbook minus a keyboard simply won’t sell.
Microsoft VP Frank Shaw told Gizmodo, “At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. 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.”