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Microsoft "Courier" Pictures 230

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the bandwagon-or-shark-jumping dept.
tekgoblin writes to let us know that Gizmodo has some early shots of the new prototype "Courier" booklet (foldable tablet) on the way from Microsoft. "Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the 'late prototype' stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre."
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Microsoft "Courier" Pictures

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  • Wrong link (Score:5, Informative)

    by sopssa (1498795) * <sopssa@email.com> on Friday March 05, 2010 @05:31PM (#31376448) Journal

    The article linked in the summary goes to wrong link (the same we discussed about in September [slashdot.org])

    Correct article with info [gizmodo.com]. Picture gallery is here [engadget.com].

    I must admit it does look awesome though. It's just perfect for use on sofa, as booklet is held like, well, a book. Laptop nor tablet aren't as nice and comfortable. There's no way I'll be buying the locked down tablet-like iPad when this is coming up.

  • Re:Wrong link (Score:5, Informative)

    by dhavleak (912889) on Friday March 05, 2010 @06:09PM (#31376808)

    You are confusing Windows CE and Windows Mobile. They aren't the same thing (not even close in fact). Windows Mobile runs on Windows CE. Windows CE is a kernel + a bunch of modules that you can strip/add depending on your needs for your embedded device.

  • by dhavleak (912889) on Friday March 05, 2010 @06:46PM (#31377072)

    If Windows Mobile runs on Windows CE ... Windows Mobile IS Windows CE. I really find amusement at how stupid people can become when they are fans of X product/company.

    Child, please...

    An OEM (or MS) can take CE, strip it of everything they don't need (for example for their particular device they might not even need a filesystem and related modules), add their own stuff to it, and the result would be something you'd never recognize as Windows CE. There are countless gadgets and gizmos out there running CE that you don't know about (you probably even own a few w/o knowing it).

    Windows Mobile (all versions) are built over Windows CE. The Zune HD is built over Windows CE. Is there any fucking similarity between Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Zune HD? No -- because just having the same kernel means nothing. Or if I were to follow your logic, I would come to the conclusion that the Zune HD IS Windows CE.. which is ridiculous..

  • Re:Wrong link (Score:4, Informative)

    by cbhacking (979169) <been_out_cruisin ... nOSPam.yahoo.com> on Friday March 05, 2010 @07:51PM (#31377456) Homepage Journal

    Even the Xbox 360 (and Zune, which you didn't mention) support homebrew software - mostly, but not entirely, games - via XNA. You're limited to the APIs that XNA provides, but you can compile it for the platform in question, it will run on it. Microsoft even has a supported channel for distribution of XNA games on Xbox Live, although you can also just download the applicaiton off the web (using a PC) and move it to your Xbox 360 or Zune/Zune HD.

Vitamin C deficiency is apauling.

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