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  • Microsoft Tablet To Have Pen Interface

    image via Gizmodo

    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. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Are you serious, Way to steal my article
      Microsoft's 'Courier' tablet to compete with Apple


      Just please remember to check the Member Written news forum first. Don't Bash him guys...
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Eh, I like the Apple tablet
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I think competition is why we may see an itablet but that depends on how well it sells for Microsoft maybe an epic fail like apple newton........
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by melech518 View Post
      are you serious, way to steal my article
      Microsoft's 'Courier' tablet to compete with Apple
      lmao!!!
      I see you removed "douche" from your post!!
    1. agent005's Avatar
      agent005 -
      pf edit: come on, guys, a little politeness.

      <Edit after poetic>Sorry Paul...I'm just not happy with the way you've been spinning your articles...this is MMi, not 'Apple Fan Boys'. Don't be biased
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Windmeel View Post
      Eh, I like the Apple tablet


      You mean the Apple tablet that has no specs or prototype? Are you also enjoying your 3G touch with camera and video recording?

      If this is any example of what MS plans to release, it looks nice. I have my doubts about the demo being 100% what we will actually see in it's final stages but we shall see.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Are you serious, Way to steal my article
      Microsoft's 'Courier' tablet to compete with Apple
      Quote Originally Posted by agent005 View Post
      Seriously Paul, you suck, pf edit: come on, guys, a little politeness.

      First the continual condescending remarks atypical of a Apple Fan Boy (an extreme one, I may add), but then you steal an article from a member and give no credit?

      I'm sure he just didn't check through the posts in those forums first. No stealing, Paul just needs to remember to check those forums.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      ^Agreed and edited
    1. organik's Avatar
      organik -
      The book format thing is just silly. I don't see the point. See, through the magic of software, the displayed page on a screen can change, say to page 2. Two screens is a gimmick. An expensive gimmick.
    1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar
      Paul Daniel Ash -
      apologies... I didn't, and still don't, see the post. I checked after I saw Melech's comment, and am checking now. Mods, please delete this...
    1. nick.newey's Avatar
      nick.newey -
      What do you mean "the Newton, which almost no one (including myself up until about ten seconds ago) remembers" I still have a newton in the Old PDA box in the attic.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by organik View Post
      The book format thing is just silly. I don't see the point. See, through the magic of software, the displayed page on a screen can change, say to page 2. Two screens is a gimmick. An expensive gimmick.
      joke post?

      Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet - Microsoft courier tablet - Gizmodo

      watch the video. then comment.

      this will be a major step forward for touch-screen computing if it comes to market at a reasonable price.

      If it said "Apple" on it, you'd still be trying to pick your jaw up off the floor.
    1. Jomann's Avatar
      Jomann -
      apple failed to add a pen to the touch and iphone, and i have a feeling its going to happen to their tablet, and i believe they will overprice their product aswell. I'm going to get the microsoft one, simply because it has a pen. lol
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Apple has a tendency to under-power its hardware (to save a buck and then sell it at a premium). If MS busts out of the gate with some powerful hardware it will force Apple's hand to make theirs more powerful as well. I hope. We need some good competition here.

      If Microsoft can turn their tablet into a 'social' machine like the Zune, something Apple never really achieved with their iPod/ iPhone, then they'll really have something interesting to exploit.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by agent005 View Post
      pf edit: come on, guys, a little politeness.

      <Edit after poetic>Sorry Paul...I'm just not happy with the way you've been spinning your articles...this is MMi, not 'Apple Fan Boys'. Don't be biased
      ^ this. Recently we have had a lot of bad new writers doing this... sad thing is the mods spend their time editing our responses rather than canning the threads all together. Hey, whatever gets the sites hits and money in your pocket, right?
    1. kaaroFC's Avatar
      kaaroFC -
      gr8 i'll start saving some money and get whatever turns out best...does anyone know if they'll come out next year!!!???
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      HOLLLLY ****! that will be awesome to have! =DDDDD

      Imagine everyone using these in schools, we can do homework in them, school would be so much fun with them
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      in the video looks pretty dang sweet i woudln't mind having it at alllll
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      joke post?

      Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet - Microsoft courier tablet - Gizmodo

      watch the video. then comment.

      this will be a major step forward for touch-screen computing if it comes to market at a reasonable price.

      If it said "Apple" on it, you'd still be trying to pick your jaw up off the floor.
      ihave to agree, this thing looks like a big step forward.. it has things that remind me of that table that microsoft was showing a while ago, plus this seems a lot more portable than a table due to that it folds... and as it has been mention before.. now that schools are starting to take on using computers for everything, this might just be the kick...
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      joke post?

      Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet - Microsoft courier tablet - Gizmodo

      watch the video. then comment.

      this will be a major step forward for touch-screen computing if it comes to market at a reasonable price.

      If it said "Apple" on it, you'd still be trying to pick your jaw up off the floor.
      This thing is fantastic. Talk about an awesome tool for school.