Here is some gripping stuff from various trusted information and news sources which I am sure many are curious to know. It’s about Microsoft Courier – the gadget that Microsoft believes will be the right answer to Apple’s recently launched iPad.
Since its inception, Courier has always been shrouded in a mist of secrecy and uncertainty. Secrecy because never was any credible information about this product available and uncertainty because no one knew for sure if the product would ever see the light of day – sort of like Apple’s Knowledge Navigator that we have known since 1987.
However, as per information now available, the Courier is indeed in the making. A look alike to Zune HD< Pink, and Windows Mobile 7 Series, Microsoft courier is built on NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and runs on Windows CE 6. With its touch based interface, you still can write and draw effectively with built in handwriting recognition.
If initial reports are to be believed, it’s going to be one sleek device with less than an inch in thickness. It’s going to be light too, with less than a kilo in weight. And with a dimension of 5 X 7”, it is akin to that of a photo card after folding. In fact, its somewhat like a digital journal that people never though would be so portable.
As Microsoft is also developing a big library of e-books around this device, it can also operate as an e-reader that has good media features like built in camera as well as a headphone jack for media playback.
However, what is intriguing is that the whole thing seems to center around the idea that folks want to create handwritten digital notes. It was this line of thought that was supposed to give shape to the Tablet PC, a product which Microsoft thought would come to dominate the notebook market but which never really did so.
Of course Courier still is in nebulous form, though going by its looks, it is several times more elegant than the Tablet PC. So who knows, it can well turn out to be the breakthrough that was not to be with the Tablet. With a probable launch date of around the third or fourth quarter of this year, we can only speculate till then.