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Mr. Laz
03-05-2010, 10:49 AM
Microsoft's Courier 'digital journal': exclusive pictures and details

By Nilay Patel (http://www.engadget.com/editor/nilay-patel) http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadget.com/media/writer_rss.gif (http://www.engadget.com/editor/nilay-patel/rss.xml) posted Mar 5th 2010 10:55AM
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<script>digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/Exclusive_pictures_of_Microsoft_Courier';</script><script src="http://digg.com/api/diggthis.js"></script> We've been dying to know more about Microsoft's Courier tablet / e-book device (http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/22/microsofts-courier-booklet-emerges-said-to-be-in-late-prototy/) ever since we first caught wind of it last September, and while our entreaties to Mr. Ballmer (http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/22/steve-ballmer-hasnt-seen-the-courier-video-promises-zune-integ/) went unanswered, we just learned some very interesting information from an extremely trusted source. We're told Courier will function as a "digital journal," and it's designed to be seriously portable: it's under an inch thick, weighs a little over a pound, and isn't much bigger than a 5x7 photo when closed. That's a lot smaller than we expected -- this new picture really puts it into perspective -- and the internals apparently reflect that emphasis on mobility: rather than Windows 7 (http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/29/new-microsoft-courier-video-details-tablet-interface-exciting-l/), we're told the Courier is built on Tegra 2 and runs on the same OS as the Zune HD, Pink, and Windows Mobile 7 Series, which we're taking to mean Windows CE 6.

As we've heard (http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/04/microsoft-courier-interface-explained-in-more-detail/), 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, so we're trying to maintain a healthy skepticism until any of this gets official -- call us any time, Microsoft. One more pic showing the interface after the break.

Update: We've added a gallery of user interface shots -- some of which we've seen and some of which are new.
Courier user interface (http://www.engadget.com/photos/courier-user-interface/)


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Taco John
03-05-2010, 10:54 AM
I will be an early adopter of this one.

HC_Chief
03-05-2010, 10:55 AM
That thing is so badass

mikeyis4dcats.
03-05-2010, 10:58 AM
this may actually draw me into the market if it's priced right.

Mr. Laz
03-05-2010, 11:03 AM
one thing i noticed is that they said it was pen controlled ... i hope they include a "page turn" button so you don't have to get the pen every page while reading something.

HC_Chief
03-05-2010, 11:05 AM
one thing i noticed is that they said it was pen controlled ... i hope they include a "page turn" button so you don't have to get the pen every page while reading something.

From what I've seen it is both pen & touch.

DaFace
03-05-2010, 11:12 AM
Huh. Looks interesting. The key will be to what extent they go the iPad "mobile" route instead of the desired "full-featured" route of netbooks. Based on the software, it could be limited, though at least MS doesn't require that you only get apps from their store.

Mr. Laz
03-05-2010, 11:17 AM
From what I've seen it is both pen & touch.cool :thumb:

Mr. Laz
03-05-2010, 11:19 AM
Huh. Looks interesting. The key will be to what extent they go the iPad "mobile" route instead of the desired "full-featured" route of netbooks. Based on the software, it could be limited, though at least MS doesn't require that you only get apps from their store.
it's M$ afterall ... they will find some way to DRM the crap out of everything so they squeeze you for money.

irishjayhawk
03-05-2010, 12:22 PM
Wake me when they announce a shipping date. Then wake me again when it actually ships.