Wishful thinking isn’t enough to shake things up at Microsoft.
I can’t help but sigh whenever I hear more details about Microsoft’s ill-fated Courier tablet.
Three years ago, Microsoft opened its Pioneer Studios skunkworks operation to create cool new consumer technology experiences. The group was headed by J Allard, the executive who co-led the development of the Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles. Now the company has shut down the division.
It’s been a big year for mobile news. Android continued its strong growth in the smartphone market, Apple shook things up with the iPhone 4 and completely rejuvenated the tablet market with the iPad, and former mobile titans like RIM, Palm and Nokia struggled to maintain their relevancy.
J Allard was the design brains behind almost everything cool that came out of Redmond in recent years, from the Xbox to the Zune. Now there’s a report that he may be resigning from the company because one of his favorite new projects, a tablet computer called Courier, got axed.
Last Friday, Apple sold its one-millionth iPad. At the same time, Microsoft and HP — two much larger tech companies — both canceled their existing tablet computer projects. Microsoft insiders tipped off Gizmodo. An unnamed but trusted source leaked HP’s plan to TechCrunch.
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