Microsoft [MSFT] have made a surprise statement today which mentions a couple of things. First off, it confirms the existence of the Microsoft Courier, but then continues to say the project is now being closed down for the unforeseeable future.
The information comes from Microsoft who’s Corporate VP of communications, Frank Shaw, said…
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.
The Microsoft Courier was a unique looking device. It had dual screens and worked with both pen and finger input. The idea behind it was to collaborate information with others on various ideas where plans could be shared between users and easily accessed while on the move.
It’s a real shame MS had to kill this project off as out of all tablet devices that have been announced, the Courier looked far better than the rest.
Lets hope they change plans in the future and put some sort of Windows Phone 7 OS on to it customised for a dual screen configuration.