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  • Microsoft Tablet To Have Pen Interface

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    Billing it as "kung fu eagle claw to Apple's tiger style," Gizmodo has highlighted a breathless review of the Microsoft Courier tablet. The device is said to be a "late prototype," and is in a "booklet" form factor with two seven-inch touchscreens connected by a hinge. But the main way in which the demo shown in Gizmodo's piece differs from most visualizations of the Apple tablet is the inclusion of an almost anachronistic interface devide: a pen.

    The pen, or stylus, brings up memories of the Newton, which almost no one (including myself up until about ten seconds ago) remembers as Apple's failed PDA. It appears from the demo that the pen is an optional or secondary input method: although no keyboard is shown, gestures are also used to control the device and manipulate various pieces of media.

    The demo is very graphically appealing, but there's no real indication of exactly how to use the device. There's an "Apps" screen that appears to come up with a pinch, and something like a Home button in the device's hinge. It'll be interesting as more details leak out how much Microsoft is cribbing from Apple interface design (long time no see, Windows 3.1!) and how much they're going in a new direction (Microsoft Bob?)

    Seriously, Redmond-bashing is easy, but the general-purpose tablet is unknown territory. Apple has certain advantages in both interface design and general brand coolness, but it's worth remembering that they had that in 1984, before being utterly crushed by ugly, uncool, hard-to-use Windows boxes.

    This is about to get interesting.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Tablet To Have Pen Interface started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I have some questions about the durability of the clamshell/dual touch screen orientation. It is a very cool design with a big WOW factor...
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      I think it's a very interesting design. One that could either take off and sale great or fall flat on it's face. I have to give it to Microsoft though, their thinking "out of the box" and thats what its going to take to really move ahead now days.
    1. gotem3303's Avatar
      gotem3303 -
      this thing looks so sick, I would get one of these over a mac tablet so quick. The folder design it awesome, like it SO much better than the apple tablet.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      This is a very cool idea and I'm sure we would see eBook software on it pretty quick lol.

      The video looks good but it doesn't look real (a prototype running at amazing speeds like that) I'm sure it stalls some just like the iPhone etc.

      I'm a Windows guy but I think I would actually side with the macs tablet since it has more computer functions it seems (this is mostly a huge PDA)
    1. lord ryttingham's Avatar
      lord ryttingham -
      I'm an engineer and this would be perfect for me because you can draw designs and derive equations like it's paper but then perform calculations like it's a computer. I am definitely giving the Courier a lot of consideration.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      about to get interesting indeed..