Home News R.I.P Microsoft Courier – Is This Because, Apple iPad’s Dominance?


Microsoft Courier is no more, word just came out from Microsoft announcing its has stopped working on its futuristic tablet PC – Microsoft Courier. The news broke out on Friday and making a question among tech communities, why this happened to a device, which is far better than other gadgets? The answer from Microsoft community is

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.” said Frank Show, Corporate VP of communications.

Mictosoft courier death reasons

Well, this doesn’t sound to be the proper reason behind the cancellation, so we head for a hunt to explore what might lead to the death of Microsoft courier.

According to various unclaimed sources Microsoft courier has two screens, multi-touch support, camera for video chat and other cool features. The features look great comparing to other gadgets such as Apple iPad and HP slate, which really lacks certain features. There are three reasons that I found, could have made Microsoft to kill Courier

  • Microsoft may have planned to use Windows 7 or Windows 7 mobile  edition, which is probably not a touch friendly device and there is no operation system from Microsoft that can give a smooth touch experience similar to Apple iPad.
  • Ipad’s dominance is huge, no one would have actually thought Apple iPad would be a so popular, even Apple underestimated its sales figures. For Microsoft its an unexpected time, as nobody knows Apple was developing a tablet kind of PC, so after hearing the success stories of Apple iPad, Microsoft would have taken some decisions to stop work on its tablet prototype.
  • Battery life is another major factor with devices running on Windows OS, wherein Apple iPad works upto 10 hours of surfing web on WiFi and 9 hours of surfing web on 3G.
  • When it comes to mobile OS, there are tough battle between iPhone OS, Android and Windows OS. Last year Microsoft has lost some of its mobile OS share to Android. Perhaps this might have made Microsoft to cancel the project and concentrate on its Windows 7 and Windows 7 mobile operating system.

Well, there could be many other reasons, so if you think there are some other reasons, share it with us by dropping your comments.

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