Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Microsoft Courier and HP Slate (Windows version) cancelled

According to Gizmodo, the Microsoft Courier project has been cancelled. Although the Courier was never officially announced, video demos and information about the potential device began circulating in October and it looked like a really promising device. Last week, Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Communications, spoke to Gizmodo and said, “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.”

In addition to the Courier, it is being reported that HP has cancelled its Slate tablet that was designed to run Windows 7. The device was announced at the Consumer Electronic Show in January and expected to hit the market this year. Tech Crunch says that HP may not be satisfied with Windows as the operating system and could be focusing its energy on its Google Android tablet.

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