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Microsoft axes Courier-creating Pioneer Studios

Microsoft axes Courier-creating Pioneer Studios

Microsoft has shuttered its Pioneer Studios consumer electronics operation, a skunkworks project the company had hoped would enable it to develop innovative technologies and products. Responsible for the Microsoft Courier concept, the KIN phones and various chunks of Windows Phone 7, Xbox and Zune, CNET reports, Pioneer Studios had been led my ex-Entertainment and Device CTO J Allard, who left the company last year.

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Microsoft page-curl Courier patent application seems far-fetched

Microsoft page-curl Courier patent application seems far-fetched

Sometimes we wonder whether companies file patent applications just to push their luck and see what they can get approved; how else can you explain Microsoft's attempt to patent page-curl screen transitions?  The new application - filed all the way back in January 2009 - describes a very iBooks-like system whereby dragging your finger across a page of text on-screen lifts the virtual page and previews the content underneath.

According to the description, Microsoft were trying to replicate the real paper experience: the lifted page would have increased transparency, showing signs of the text on its reverse, while flipping repeatedly would quickly whip through two or more pages.  It's speculated that the project was part of Microsoft's Courier research, and could've been used as part of their digital notebook.

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Microsoft confirm reshuffle: Robbie Bach & J Allard depart (but “unrelated” to Courier)

Microsoft confirm reshuffle: Robbie Bach & J Allard depart (but “unrelated” to Courier)

Having been rumored late last week, it's now confirmed that Robbie Bach and J Allard of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division will be leaving the company.  Bach, who for five years has led the division, will not be replaced, as part of a scheme that will see Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer take more direct control of the Windows Phone and Xbox teams.  Allard, meanwhile, will take a new, less time-intensive role as "advisor" to Ballmer; he told TechFlash that, contrary to speculation, the change is unrelated to Microsoft cancelling the Courier dual-display tablet.

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Microsoft’s J Allard Could be Leaving Over Courier Cancellation

Microsoft’s J Allard Could be Leaving Over Courier Cancellation

There's no doubt in our mind that when Microsoft pulled the plug on the Courier, a lot of people got upset. We know that's probably the case because we're definitely in that pool. It was definitely one of the most attractive and interesting Microsoft concepts to come out in years, but, as Fate would have it, it's just not going to happen. But, you know who was more angry than anyone else? J Allard.

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Microsoft CES 2010 Tablet is HP slate PC not Courier [Video]

Microsoft CES 2010 Tablet is HP slate PC not Courier [Video]

Microsoft's CES 2010 keynote is only just starting - plagued by power cuts and temperamental on-stage PCs - but already Steve Ballmer's surprise tablet unveil has been scooped.  The culprit is, ironically, Microsoft itself, prematurely posting the press release to their media site.  As for that mystery tablet, despite pre-show rumors its turned out not to be the Courier; instead, it's turned out to be an as-yet unnamed HP touchscreen device.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft to unveil HP-made slate PC (Courier?) on Wednesday?

Microsoft to unveil HP-made slate PC (Courier?) on Wednesday?

Microsoft's push for the Tablet PC segment has earned them widespread ridicule and relatively minimal market penetration, something that's only beginning to change with the advent of lower-priced multitouch notebooks and netbooks that use a basic touch-UI rather than in-depth handwriting recognition and the like.  So we're not quite sure what Microsoft may have on the cards for CES 2010 tomorrow, what with the New York Times reporting that Steve Ballmer will take to the stage for his company's keynote clutching an HP-made slate.

Microsoft planning mid-2010 launch for Courier: perfect note-taking tablet

Microsoft planning mid-2010 launch for Courier: perfect note-taking tablet

After the second leak of Microsoft's Courier dual-touchscreen tablet, ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley has stepped in with some leaked information of her own.  It looks as though our suggestion that the origins (and intentions) of Courier lie in Microsoft OneNote was accurate, with Foley's source saying "The concept started as a software idea on how one would really build OneNote from scratch if you could for the Tablet form factor. That then morphed into building a tablet. If you look at the most successful pocket computer today - it is still the Franklin Covey Planning Products, the idea was how do you create a digital planner."

Microsoft enlists “Special Projects” chief to replace shuttered skunkworks

Microsoft enlists “Special Projects” chief to replace shuttered skunkworks

Microsoft has enlisted a new "out-of-the-box thinking" tsar in an attempt to break into new markets, with new Strategic and Special Projects VP Mark Penn responsible for a crack team of imagination warriors. Currently CEO of PR firm Burson-Masteller and polling specialists Penn Schoen Berland LLC, Penn's abilities in tracking new and untapped consumer trends are what Microsoft says it's most keen on harnessing, particularly in the aftermath of its first ever public loss announced yesterday.

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OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

The importance of Office 2013 to Microsoft's bottom line can't be understated, and yet the company faces no small amount of ridicule amid questions of whether the productivity suite is "relevant" any longer. With Windows 8 fast approaching, and long-standing arguments over whether tablets are for content creation or merely consumption, Office or its Metro-styled MX variant for Windows RT slates hasn't necessarily proved the selling point Microsoft may have hoped it might. The company already has that wildcard, though, and it's been fermenting away under Microsoft's nose for a decade.

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Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Two mystery Mondays in a row: after Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote last week, now here comes Microsoft with a surprise announcement of its own, believed by many to have a tablet at its core. Speculation about a new Microsoft-branded device - or devices - has resurfaced over the past week, though as before it's a haze of rumor around a few nuggets of "trusted source" insistence. Partnerships with Barnes & Noble, the spread of Xbox LIVE, or even a gauntlet thrown down to Microsoft's own OEM partners: one thing most agree on is that it's a new slate in the offing, but that leaves plenty of angles Microsoft could take.

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Taposé hits iPad: Courier in app form

Taposé hits iPad: Courier in app form

Digital notetaking and collaboration app Taposé has finally been allowed into the iPad App Store, recreating some of Microsoft's ill-fated Courier concept on Apple's tablet. The $2.99 app promises to make journaling and webpage snipping straightforward, with a twin-pane layout for dragging live content between the web and a notebook, along with sketching, mark-up and other tools. Meanwhile a cloud storage system keeps notes updated - with export options to send them over to Evernote and Dropbox - and allows for collaborative work between multiple remote users.

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Microsoft OneNote for Android takes on Evernote

Microsoft OneNote for Android takes on Evernote

Microsoft has brought its OneNote digital notetaking app to Android, the latest cross-platform push from the Windows company as its software teams spread their wares beyond their own PC, gaming and mobility devices. A free download from the Android Market, OneNote allows you to create text and image notes and sync them across to the full Office 2010 version as well as the web-based viewer using SkyDrive storage.

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