- September 25, 2009
- Posted by: admin
- Categories: Blog, Business Dynamics, Enterprise Agility
Microsoft may be readying to let fly with a dual-screen, multi-touch tablet device, according to what appear to be leaked photos and video. The so-called Courier may give Microsoft a firm foothold in a growing category of devices, but software and price point are two tricky areas the Courier would have to master in order to take off.
You didn’t even have to open up your notebook computer Wednesday to hear the alarms and klaxons going off in the technology blogosphere: Someone had leaked images and video of a dual-screen, multi-touch tablet PC that’s supposedly in the “late prototype” stages at Microsoft.
Gizmodo is the lucky recipient of the information regarding the Courier, said to be an actual device that looks more like a slim e-reader or portfolio than a tablet computer. The two 7-inch screens face each other book-style, and users can interact with them with a stylus or with their fingers. They can also use the by-now-familiar “flicking” gestures to scroll up and down a page. There’s wireless connectivity, a camera — and plenty of comparisons to other Microsoft products like the Surface table computer and the new Zune HD handheld media player.
The Complexity Factor
Thanks to its Surface research, Microsoft has done the software leg work required to bring the Courier to market this year if it wanted to, according to Enderle Group president and principal analyst Rob Enderle. The technological hurdle would lie with multi-touch screen developers and other hardware companies.