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Dual Screen Microsoft Tablet Called 'Courier'

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Finally! A tablet rumor that doesn't involve Apple. It's like a mid-week miracle.

Earlier this week, rumors about a Microsoft phone, codenamed Pink, got a refresh. Along with those reports came word of a Microsoft tablet. While there was little to go on, details today emerge of a device called the Courier. The Courier is supposedly one of Microsoft's prototype designs and we like what we see.

The dual-screen tablet was first reported by Gizmodo and, while the site says the booklet packing two 7-inch screens is in the later stages of development, CNet's Ina Fried cites her own sources who say the Courier is just one of many prototypes Microsoft has.

The project is said to be spearheaded by Entertainment & Devices tech chief J. Allard (of Xbox fame) and combines "pen-dominated interface with several types of multitouch finger gestures, and multiple graphically complex themes, modes and applications."

Not a lot to go on at the moment but we're sure those trusty and ever so mouthy anonymous sources will keep the people of the web informed as more emerges on this product.

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    chaohsiangchen , September 23, 2009 1:43 PM
    Very good idea! Either use it like a book or like an over sized Nintendo DS.
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    back_by_demand , September 23, 2009 1:49 PM
    (prepare to be marked -600, very soon)

    But.... can it play Crysis?
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    Parrdacc , September 23, 2009 1:52 PM
    Well the picture looks interesting. Who know could be good, I'm interested. "several types of multitouch finger gestures" Could this be Microsoft getting ready to give Apple the big fat finger? First the Zune HD now a tablet, perhaps M$ is getting ready to at least try and give Apple some competition in these areas.
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    waikano , September 23, 2009 1:55 PM
    Finally I can get rid of all my paper!!!! This looks like the perfect sized multi-functional planner and small computer. I like it. Hope it sees daylight.
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    back_by_demand , September 23, 2009 1:56 PM
    But seriously, I can see this working like a laptop too, lift up one side and view it landscape at the same time a keyboard lays itself on the other screen.

    Maybe this actual device is going to be a glorified Kindle but it shows the future of things to come. Something like this in 13" to 15" for a notebook, credit card sized SSDs, its all looking good.
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    Niva , September 23, 2009 1:59 PM
    Very neat, would be interested to see Photoshop run on it.
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    back_by_demand , September 23, 2009 2:10 PM
    Or Media Player? Watch TV episodes on the tube to work?
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    frozenlead , September 23, 2009 2:20 PM
    Imagine going to an interview with a resume sticking between the screens of one of these things.
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    El_Capitan , September 23, 2009 3:11 PM
    Actually, that's pretty cool. back_by_demand, I was thinking the same thing, too. Having a virtual keyboard would be handy if taking notes (much easier to type notes than write them by hand, especially on a tablet).
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2009 3:18 PM
    Now that is a Be-a-U-Tee-Full looking tablet! :D rool:

    If only they'll release a 17" version.
    Either way, I'd buy one and I'd definitely use it. :) 

    It'd be a multifuntion device. Laptop, eReader, Multimedia Player, Game consol, notebook, Ect, ect, ect....
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    tayb , September 23, 2009 3:56 PM
    Whatever it is, don't expect Microsoft to be building it. They aren't going to compete with their customers.
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 23, 2009 4:08 PM
    I'm impressed! Not that anyone actually gives a shit! lol
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    huron , September 23, 2009 4:36 PM
    I'm impressed, but always worry that it looks better as a prototype than it will be in actual function.

    I'm all about having a book-sized device (lxw, not in thickness) that I could use as an e-reader, for note taking, simple web/e-mail access. If done right, this could be very cool.

    I just hope it's as impressive at launch.
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    Major7up , September 23, 2009 4:47 PM
    back_by_demand(prepare to be marked -600, very soon)But.... can it play Crysis?

    Damnit...I am getting sick and tired of see this effing question every time I turn around. Maybe it was funny the first few times but enough is enough.
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    Master Exon , September 23, 2009 5:04 PM
    back_by_demand(prepare to be marked -600, very soon)But.... can it play Crysis?

    Yes, thanks to cloud computing.
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    wildwell , September 23, 2009 5:05 PM
    Wow that looks cool. What happens if you get mad and slam it shut?
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    Honis , September 23, 2009 5:10 PM
    That's what I'm looking for only with e-ink screens. Would be awesome if one screen was e-ink and the other LCD. Could use the e-ink screen as a keyboard when in landscape mode or turn the LCD screen off and read a book at crazy low power.
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2009 5:30 PM
    I'd generally be only interested in battery life.
    It's going to house some processor like an Atom Z series,AMD Geode, or ARM processor. Somost likely the performance won't be top, but if it has a 3 hours battery life or less, I'd find little reason to buy a device like this.
    Also if it has no open format capability, I'd be less interested.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 23, 2009 9:37 PM
    It's an interesting rumor to me because this is pretty much the same format as the next One Laptop Per Child machine on the drawing board.
    If it turns out MS is working on something similar, it will mean that the OLPC project not only presaged the demand for cheap, small, under-performing laptops, but also the segment of dual-touchscreen keyboardless devices that fold up like a book.
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    kingssman , September 23, 2009 10:07 PM
    Hmm. looks like MS took the lead on the tablet again. This design is great and looks rich and featurefull. Mac Tablet coming eventually, it would seem that microsoft may have set the trend on this product.
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