Microsoft Courier – A Requiem

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Engadget reports Microsoft has killed the courier project

At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated. It’s in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity. The “Courier” project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.

I normally don’t bother with press announcements. However, this really burns my britches. For all the ink spilled venting about Apple not meeting fans expectations with the iPad announcement, at least Apple shipped a product! I have written before how Microsoft deserves a lot of credit for dreaming big. Microsoft has amazing vision and I am grateful that they share these visions with us. However, time and time again, they fail to deliver.

Don’t get me wrong, while I current use mostly Apple products (both personally and professionally) Microsoft has brought a number of innovative products to market, including Media Center and Home Server. The Windows 7 Series Phone (what a mouthful) also looks to be an significant break from the iPhone UI hegemony.

Still, I can’t help but grieve the loss of the Courier.

In remembrance, here are original videos.