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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RE: Two years away
by bowkota on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 22:32 UTC in reply to "Two years away"
bowkota
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2011-10-12

"...But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away...


How far away was Courier? Concept art and prototypes are cheap, products talk.
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It was very far...

They never really had a running prototype.
They had running prototypes and all the features spread amongst them but there wasn't one that combined everything together.

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