The Courier is Coming. Microsoft Event April 12th

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gan6660, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. gan6660 macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    A whole 3 months late to announce, and by the time it's available, a whole another 3 months late.
  3. smchan macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2008
  4. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    I agree I love my iPad and I think it would be very hard for microsoft to make one thats so simpe to use. Also I wondered if the rumored Zune HD2 could make an appearance at the event? The current zune hd was revealed around this time last year.
  5. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Could be Microsoft trying to steal some of Apple's thunder from the ipad by introducing the courier tablet a week after the ipad is released. OR, could just be some other lame microsoft product, maybe having nothing to do with a tablet.
  6. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    I find it unlikely that the currier is ready to be announced let alone released. I think its more likely to be a phone or zine announcement where they may discuss currier but I don't see the currier shipping till late this year. If it does ship before then I would expect a lot of bugs and the look of a rushed product.
  7. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Hilarious And Pathetic

    MS....ALWAYS trying to ride Apple's wave.

    Apple rolls out a BMW and MS announces immediately they are building (date TBD) a KIA....

    MS is the epitome of empire in decline.
  8. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    No chance it's a Courier announcement. Too soon. I don't think we can expect actual hardware until 2011, if even then.
  9. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    That made my day!
  10. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    I agree with previous posters that while I expect to here courier related news I dont think they will release the hardware that day.
  11. Nebrie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    Pink sounds more likely. It's further along and would be more likely to fit in the "It's time to SHARE" theme than the "personal journal" courier.
  12. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    I haven't really been paying attention.

    Are we in the "under-deliver" phase of the Microsoft Product Cycle yet?

    Or are we still in "over-promise" mode?
  13. yyy macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2007
    I don't think they're going to announce the Courier (the name of the event is "it's time to share" so...) but anyway, the Courier is meant to be used as a research tool rather than a general purpose computer like the iPad.
  14. bchreng macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    If you've seen what Kia's been up to lately you may want to rethink that. They're starting to make some really stylish looking cars for the masses, not just the few that are rich.


  15. rtabdo macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    The problem with the Courier is based on the videos, its purely a productivity tool/journal.

    Yes, the UI is beautiful, but I don't see how a device like that (the way it's shown) would be really useful to average customers. I don't want to browse the web with a big black bar in the middle, or watch a movie that way either.

    In fact, i bet a Courier type of software could be made for the iPad.

    We'll see what they have to show. Maybe its the HP Slate :)

    But right now as I see it, the way the Courier is looking, it looks la lot less practical than an iPad.
  16. Crackbone macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    The timing would be great for the Courier, somehow, I'm thinking it's the PINK project.

    That's my guess. Courier looks to be quite a ways out yet. We'll see though, i've been wrong before.
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    All the early reports have the Courier as a really nice device. Who knows what the final version will be like, but its hardly a Kia.
  18. lotusindigo macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2010
    Oooh. Interesting, I'll have to keep an eye on this. And if it's the Courier, they better tell us whether or not it's pressure sensitive. Too bad as a drawing tablet it will only be half as big as iPad. I know unfolded it will be about the same size... but that doesn't really matter if it's split in half.
  19. jkimbro0316 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    Central Florida
    According to, they think it will just be they're new phone line called "pink" that will be manufactured by Microsoft.
  20. lotusindigo macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2010
    I read that article. Gizmodo's argument for Pink makes sense. Meh. Don't care about it.
  21. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    I have no interest in Pink -

    I have moderate interest in the Courier. But would have to know more and hold one in my hands before I could make an informed decision.

    The Courier actually could be an honest to god new class of gadget - the iPad sort of is, but it's really a combination of strengths of existing items to hit a particular part of an existing market and serve that segment well - the Courier would serve a market that is currently almost unserved.

    I give Microsoft credit for - ironically - thinking outside the box with the Courier, whether I ever buy one or not.
  22. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    And just like Kia and BMW, 90% of the car is exactly the same, the Kia is half the price and you can talk to a Kia owner without feeling like you need a shower afterwards.
  23. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Microsoft- late to the party and slow on the uptake.

    "Microsoft, we're cruising on past success since 2003."
  24. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Can you link to a report of someone seeing or using a Courier device? The only thing we've seen from Microsoft are concept videos... animations of ideas, not actual products.

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