Time for Microsoft Courier to meet the Reaper. - For the information of readers, this striking similarity? to Steve Ballmer is actually the Reaper from Bill and Teds Bogus Journey.

There are things that we can thank Microsoft for.  For starters one would be keeping the legions of Malware, Virus etc away from other operating systems.  We could also thank Microsoft for Steve Ballmer, who never fails to amuse every time he gets on stage.  We can thank some of the Microsoft projects for giving us a bit of a laugh (and who can forget the Zune’s that were reported to being sold from the bargain bin)  Moving on though, lets not forget Bing (which if Microsoft had bothered checking the dictionary) would have seen that the definition of Bing is “A heap or pile”……or maybe they did and Bing is an example of a new open and honest Microsoft?

Just as the Zune jokes were starting to wear thin, we have the distressing news that Microsoft has Axed its Apple Ipad type “Courier” device, which was written about on many sources, one of which:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/22/microsofts-courier-booklet-emerges-said-to-be-in-late-prototy/

So after you’ve looked at that, you can join me in disappointment that the Zune & Kin jokes will have to carry on for a little longer (or until Microsoft comes out with another scheme)  Engadget said at the time of this Courier rumour:

Gizmodo has just let slip details surrounding what was previously a top secret project deep within the lairs of Redmond, but given that this is more of an advanced proof of concept than anything else, we’re doing our best to curb our inner enthusiasm about a near-term release.

and now we see that Microsoft is alleged to have made this statement:

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.

Here is my translation of what I think they are actually saying:

“Ok Folks, we saw what happened to the Zune, Windows Mobile isn’t exactly on the same level as the competition and we don’t think we can compete with whats currently out there and whats rumoured to be coming.  Tell you what shareholders we will just wait on standby with our patent portfolio and cream a bit off the top of the tablets that are successful.   Lets just hope our portfolio is not challenged.”

So before Microsoft Courier gets sent to “Microsoft Concept Afterlife” Lets take a moment to remember it……Rest in peace Microsoft Courier…

So could it be that Microsoft doesn’t have the confidence in its products to compete with established, respected names?

I’ll let you decide, but lets hope Microsoft is quick in revealing its next “latest innovation”, these Zune & Kin jokes won’t remain funny forever.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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