Like Tapose, which made its debut on the iPad yesterday, Paper is a place to store ideas. But unlike the former—which is backed by former Microsoft honcho J. Allard—the latter is more sketchbook than scrapbook, and comes from a group of individuals who once worked on the now-defunct Courier project.
Unlike every tablet that looks like every other tablet that looks like an iPad, Microsoft's Courier was bold, imaginative and different. Of course, it got killed and was never released. But the spirit is still alive! The Courier's dual pane versatility lives on with Tapose.
Cnet is delving further into the death of the Microsoft Courier, looking at the differences between Steven Sinoksky and J Allard, who ran the Windows 8 and Courier projects respectively. They say that Sinofsky's business-minded pragmatism and Windows 7 salvage job ultimately swayed Ballmer to follow his vision.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
Microsoft has finally gone and offed Pioneer Studios, the operation that was behind the now dead, and still awesome, Courier tablet.
Few e-readers are as intimate as this prototype from Nicholas Chen. Look how they communicate in that video! The only caveat it's backed by Microsoft Research. We all know what happened the last time they teased something like this.
As more details come to light about bin Laden's life of the past few years, we're learning how the leader of Al-Qaeda communicated to his underlings through e-mail—even though he didn't have an internet connection in his compound.
Bin Laden was hiding out in a million-dollar compound with all the security in the world, but ultimately when his house-mate/courier Sheikh Abu Ahmed picked up the phone, the US military knew they had their man.
There's a Kickstarter project that's inspired from the promise of the ill-fated Microsoft Courier and delivers a similar "two-panel" experience to the iPad. Interested? Yeah, us too. It's called Taposé and it comes with an adjustable split screen interface that's supposed to let you "interact with multiple apps…
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The most thrilling Microsoft product in years was killed before it ever officially existed. One of its most awesome services elicits more snickers than nods. Microsoft isn't even in the mobile space right now. Redmond, we have a problem.
If you're frequently uploading videos and photos to Flickr, YouTUbe, Vimeo, Twitpic or Facebook, you know that it's slightly annoying to have to log into each service, search your files and go through their uploader. Courier solves all this for you.
Microsoft may have canceled their lovable Courier project, but Sony's patent application for a dual-screened "Electronic Book With Enhanced Features" may pick up where Microsoft left off.