Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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zima
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You forgot about multi-monitor configurations? Many of their owners would call it "serious stuff" (or even "very serious"). Physical and mental switching doesn't seem to be a show-stopper.

The "physical" is even barely the case on DS, with its minuscule size (the design was possibly also about clamshell form-factor, after GBA SP experiment - the handheld being smaller and more sturdy that way, but with more screen).
"Mental" - depends on the game (heck, it's also sort of the case with split-screen gaming on one display). One of the displays is often treated as a control area on which one barely needs to look; or an info-screen / map which would otherwise "steal" even more attention or screen real-estate, in traditional variants.

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