New Microsoft Courier video leaked

A new video of the Microsoft Courier (name not finalized) has been leaked onto the Internet, demonstrating in the video just how users will actually use the device. The video didn't show any keyboard but the tablet device will be used through various swipes, flicks and pinches to navigate pages.

It's hard to tell exactly the way the device works from the video, but there appears to be a physical home button in the middle of the tablet that brings the user to a home page or the last page viewed. The center of the tablet seems to act as a clipboard for images that allows you to navigate the device to transfer the images to another page.

The Courier tablet also comes with a camera built-in, which appears to be located on the left hand side of the device, which is activated from the top corner. Users can drag their hands down on either side of the device, bringing up a dual local search and a web browser for surfing.

The Courier seems to allow sharing of files through some sort of Courier file type, a PowerPoint file (PPT) and a PDF, sharing to a Windows XP machine in the video.

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Can you use it as a notebook? It would be phenominal if I could replace my binder with simply this courier (would make college much easier to organize). It would also save a lot of trees (ohh so I've heard ).

Skullpture said,
Can you use it as a notebook? It would be phenominal if I could replace my binder with simply this courier (would make college much easier to organize). It would also save a lot of trees (ohh so I've heard ).

Possible. Put in a accelerometer that determines if it is like a book or like a netbook and make one screen a touchscreen keyboard.

amazingly enough if it is a Microsoft device. Then why is it when they showed how you can share with a friend using there pc. It looks as if that laptop is a mac? Microsoft showing a Mac in a good way?! Thats odd.....

Is this suppose to compete with Kindle and Mac Tablet?

I think this is amazing for school i.e. digital textbooks/books in general and note taking,

Did anyone else notice that when the webpages were flicked through, there were several Apple webpages, but no MS webpages? (see 1:58 )
Or did my eyes deceive me?

cool!, I just hope microsoft makes this and not the other morons out there.. Microsoft Hardware has always been great!

Its cool. I like it, but they make it seem more simple than it is. In the few videos they've shown they always describe each function as "simply" Who would know to "simply" pull down on the top to view what I'm guessing is history, and then again for what looks like a calendar, or invoking sub menus for contacts, or controls. They act like everything you could possibly imagine is "1 click away" which is bull****. Not only would that be incredibly confusing having a unique command for every possible function but people want a desktop/home screen something.

I know its premature to really judge, but I dislike how they try to make it sound so simple and easy yet use gestures that most people would never even think of. While Apple's might not be leaps and bounds better, they are at least more common, pinch to zoom. Courier here uses Pinch to 'minimize' and maximize applications.

Well, that is always the trick with new interfaces. People need to get used to things that at first don't come naturally. To this day when I use an iPod I get confused at whether I scroll the wheel or click up and down or left and right. It's simply because I don't usually use them. People who use them every day can do it in their sleep. Same with trying to use a non-touch-screen phone now. It drives me nuts. I've had a touch screen for the past 4 or 5 years now and having to scroll with a d-pad or trackball is frustrating as hell. It's all in the learning curve.

I'm not sure who would use either this or Apple's probably forthcoming device. :S It's much like a netbook with a touchscreen minus lots of versatility, although if it runs a normal Windows 7 install and IE 8 with good performance, I'll take that back. Then it could own quite a few netbooks today and feel like real progress.

Yes, it looks better than a basic e-reader, but twice the size. This is somewhere between netbooks and e-readers in size. Well, let's see if they find their market though, it should be interesting to watch. I'm old fashioned and prefer my laptop with multitouch and a basic folding screen. :D

One useful application could be maps though. Because maps go very small on PDA's and mobile phones, so GPS support isn't that useful. I hope a device this large will carry a GPS device.

npe said,
This device is perfect for reading books and taking note in class/meeting.

Yes, because it's a tablet PC. I see one huge flaw in the design of MS' version, but I'm not going to say what it is because MS isn't paying me. :P From what I've seen of Apple's rumored tablet they haven't made the same mistake.

toadeater said,
Yes, because it's a tablet PC. I see one huge flaw in the design of MS' version, but I'm not going to say what it is because MS isn't paying me. :P From what I've seen of Apple's rumored tablet they haven't made the same mistake.

pff, yeah right because Microsoft engineers are hitting the refresh button like crazy here to see the "major flaws" people post...
We have no idea about the apple rumored tablet (except for Rumors of course - which are a few, one of them being it will use iPhone OS) and we have only seen a concept of this Microsoft Tablet yet you know about a major flaw :S

LOL. It's really strange. This is something that Microsoft's creating, but nowhere does it mention "Microsoft". Look at the device as a whole and it screams "Apple tablet" -- the "Home button", the hint of a little button at the top-right of this device, the touch-screen user interface.. it's all just taken off the iPhone.

Even the angle of the silhouette of the laptop at 2:55 is synonymous to the Macbook, yet on-screen it's XP and MSIE.

Very confusing.

Good eye. It ueses the Macbook image, with a Windows XP - with silver theme - in the sharing preview, but uses has a Apple.com home page in his bookmarks / opened web pages.

I wonder if this IS a Microsoft product or not.

yeah i thot the same too, but the in thought i was :reading too much into it" i wonder if ad agencies get some unannounced royalties or "gifts" from apple for using apple-stuffs in ads? & the sample videos don't even make any mention of MS...(sigh). i just hope the delivery is as clean as we're seeing.

C?said,
LOL. It's really strange. This is something that Microsoft's creating, but nowhere does it mention "Microsoft". Look at the device as a whole and it screams "Apple tablet" -- the "Home button", the hint of a little button at the top-right of this device, the touch-screen user interface.. it's all just taken off the iPhone.

Even the angle of the silhouette of the laptop at 2:55 is synonymous to the Macbook, yet on-screen it's XP and MSIE.

Very confusing.


You realize that MS had their own touchscreen phones before the iPhone, right??? Apple didn't invent anything. They just marketed it right.

@ andrewbares: Nobody said Apple invented anything. Please read my entire comment. I think my comment has more than just "touchscreen" in it, WTF?

... and Microsoft had a (commercially available) multitouch device out before Apple, ORLY? FYI, Microsoft didn't invent multitouch either.

C?said,
@ andrewbares: Nobody said Apple invented anything. Please read my entire comment. I think my comment has more than just "touchscreen" in it, WTF?

... and Microsoft had a (commercially available) multitouch device out before Apple, ORLY? FYI, Microsoft didn't invent multitouch either.


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Damn.. MS could have something huge here... I just hope they dont drop the ball on the delivery... while I do not need something like this.... its one of those things I have to have...

This looks great but I am very skeptical this will even come to market even in a year or two. There is price, battery life, responsiveness, etc to consider.

I know you can't just trust it because a few news sites said it, but they're saying that MS is slating for a mid 2010 release.

Trong said,
I know you can't just trust it because a few news sites said it, but they're saying that MS is slating for a mid 2010 release.

Wow, I hadn't heard that release date. I hope that holds true.

As for whether it will come out or not, that's of course still up in the air, but the demos that Microsoft is releasing show that they've put a LOT of work into this product. I'm betting that this will see release at some point. It just looks too good.

i think this is impressive, & i hope the delivery is just as good. has anyono wondered why MS is sorta sticking with the "brown" scheme? remember the 1g zunes & zune media player, & now we have a brown casing for the courier...i dnt mind the color tho

t0l4 said,
i think this is impressive, & i hope the delivery is just as good. has anyono wondered why MS is sorta sticking with the "brown" scheme? remember the 1g zunes & zune media player, & now we have a brown casing for the courier...i dnt mind the color tho :p

Yeah, that's my only gripe at the moment. I hope there are some customization options. So far it looks really snazzy though. I'm hoping they have the sense to have a place to store the stylus too though. The one in the demos looks like it's a little too bulky, and given that Samsung is still struggling with this for their Omnia phones, I think it's worth mentioning. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, that's my only gripe at the moment. I hope there are some customization options. So far it looks really snazzy though. I'm hoping they have the sense to have a place to store the stylus too though. The one in the demos looks like it's a little too bulky, and given that Samsung is still struggling with this for their Omnia phones, I think it's worth mentioning. LOL


Well this is a stylus that you'd do some serious writing with.

Yes, what a lot of people don't get here is this. They get so excited, but can't seem to tell the difference between CGI and reality.

This is true, but the Zune HD concept videos were spot-on with the final product so hopefully this will be as well.

I'm the first person who will tell you tablets are amazing and something like this will be revolutionary. I personally use a tablet on a daily basis and don't know how I'd live without it.

But I can tell this video was made 100% by a designer and never left their hands. Everything in the UI is centered for the use of a designer, the language in the video if fluffy and caters to designers (creativity, inspiration, your next big review), and some of the UI is just too circuitous.

This seems great for designing shoes and all, but if MS isn't going to let us install standard windows applications on it then it better do more to cater to my needs.

I want to see this after it gets in the hands of an engineer, and then talk about what the reality of the situation is.

I miss my tablet. I had a nice Toshiba convertible and with OneNote I was set! Then I broke it and never replaced it because I got a free laptop from the Xohm product testing last winter.

ModernMech said,
I'm the first person who will tell you tablets are amazing and something like this will be revolutionary. I personally use a tablet on a daily basis and don't know how I'd live without it.

But I can tell this video was made 100% by a designer and never left their hands. Everything in the UI is centered for the use of a designer, the language in the video if fluffy and caters to designers (creativity, inspiration, your next big review), and some of the UI is just too circuitous.

This seems great for designing shoes and all, but if MS isn't going to let us install standard windows applications on it then it better do more to cater to my needs.

I want to see this after it gets in the hands of an engineer, and then talk about what the reality of the situation is.

A lot of this new stuff from Microsoft is like this. I guess there designers have finished working on the zune/w7, so they are just making stuff up. I can't see this coming out for years.

Andrew Lyle said,
Me too. I just want to see the ports / price / full usage of the tablet first

Same here. If the price is right and it lives up to what they're showing, I am definitely buying one. It just looks absolutely freakin' amazing...

I'm actually very impressed with that. Sort of like a PDA crossed with a eBook Reader crossed with a Tablet PC.

GP007 said,
It seems to be between a ebook and a tabletPC. If the price is right this could be big.

Yeah, I agree. This does look amazing. I am very worried about price though. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, I agree. This does look amazing. I am very worried about price though. LOL

And battery life. If those 2 end up reasonable, I'll be in line first day to pick one up.