It seems like the shit may very well soon hit the fan because Microsoft is preparing to take a humongous dump in Apple’s cereal. We first heard about Microsoft’s Courier tablet/e-book [last September] but we were left with many unanswered questions. Then we had to painstakingly endure [Apple’s gayness] that has become known as an over-sized iPhone. Now it seems that a true multifunctional tablet (or booklet?) is on the horizon.
The new Microsoft Courier will act as an ‘infinate digital journal’ in that it has duel 7-inch screens, and folds up like a book. The screens are multitouch, and are designed for writing, drawing, and flicking with either a stylus or your fingers. It also appears that a new style of cut-and-paste is implemented using the stylus, or your fingers, to drag your selection from one screen to another.
[Engadget] The interface appears to be pen-based and centered around drawing and writing, with built-in handwriting recognition and a corresponding web site that allows access to everything entered into the device in a blog-like format complete with comments. We’re also hearing that there will be a built-in camera, and there’s a headphone jack for media playback. Most interestingly, it looks like the Courier will also serve as Microsoft’s e-book device, with a dedicated ecosystem centered around reading. It all sounds spectacular, but all we have for a launch date is “Q3 / Q4”, and we have no idea how much it’s going to cost.
Excuse me for a moment. I need to change my pants.