Hopefully you weren’t getting too excited about the Microsoft Courier — that fancy dual-screen tablet they’ve been somewhat secretly working on for quite some time. According to Gizmodo, the Courier will probably never see the light of day.
In their post, Giz states that executives at Microsoft have informed the Courier team that the project is no longer being supported. Gizmodo editors also reached out to Microsoft for comment and received the following response:
At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.
Microsoft giveth, and they taketh away. To be fair, hardware isn’t necessarily their forte — and if the Courier ended up hitting retail shelves looking anything like those new Kin phones I think we all would’ve let out a collective groan. Really, though, it probably makes more sense for the guys Redmond to work on a device running Windows Phone 7 or Windows 7 Embedded — rather than pushing out a new device with yet another OS.