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article imageGizmodo blog: Microsoft working on new tablet 'Courier'

By Brenton Currie     Sep 23, 2009 in Technology
Today, tech blog Gizmodo revealed details on an in-house project at Microsoft which they say comes with high hopes. The report claims Microsoft is looking to put the company back in the portable PC market with a new product referred to as "Courier."
According to Gizmodo the device is in the "late prototype' stage, but features two approximately 7-inch screens that can fold like a book and are reportedly "designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers."
"Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies," Gizmodo says.
Status notifications such as wireless connectivity and remaining battery power are believed to be displayed along the edge of one of the screens.
 Courier  - Microsoft s prototype tablet
'Courier' - Microsoft's prototype tablet
And unlike Apple's rumoured and yet-to-appear Tablet device, which most likely will rely on fingers to use a touchscreen rather than stylus, the 'Courier' is said to allow both a stylus and finger controls.
With a web-cam on the back, and a hinge that allows you to 'drop' files you'd like to move from one screen to the other, the device also is expected to charge using a inductive pad, similar to that, as Gizmodo points out, of Palm's Pre Touchstone charging dock.
 Courier  - Microsoft s prototype tablet
'Courier' - Microsoft's prototype tablet
More information on the intriguing device is expected to be released in the coming days.
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