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09-23-2009, 04:24 PM #1
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.
09-23-2009, 04:32 PM #2
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...
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09-23-2009, 04:32 PM #3
Eh, I like the Apple tablet
09-23-2009, 04:43 PM #4
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........
09-23-2009, 04:49 PM #5
09-23-2009, 05:54 PM #6
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
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09-23-2009, 05:57 PM #7
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."To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
09-23-2009, 06:02 PM #8
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09-23-2009, 06:04 PM #9
09-23-2009, 06:12 PM #10
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.
09-23-2009, 06:12 PM #11
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...
09-23-2009, 07:11 PM #12
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.
09-23-2009, 07:22 PM #13
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.
09-23-2009, 10:35 PM #14
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
09-23-2009, 11:53 PM #15
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.
09-24-2009, 12:44 AM #16
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
09-24-2009, 12:51 AM #17
gr8 i'll start saving some money and get whatever turns out best...does anyone know if they'll come out next year!!!???
09-24-2009, 02:13 AM #18
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
09-24-2009, 04:48 AM #19
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