We’re told Courier will function as a “digital journal,” and it’s designed to be seriously portable: it’s under an inch thick, weighs a little over a pound, and isn’t much bigger than a 5×7 photo when closed.
It doesn’t matter, this thing has “fail” written all over it.
Let’s forget the obvious for now, that this device will have no broad support system, accessories, or apps. And let’s also forget that when Microsoft says Q3 or Q4, what they really mean is next year, and that’s too late.
No, let’s pretend everything above is overcome. This thing is still a failure. A stylus? in an era when we’ve learned the last few years how much people hate using these things, and how impractical they are? Handwriting recognition? For a generation of users that don’t write cursive? In fact, barely write on anything other than a keyboard at all?
This is Microsoft’s latest foray into something that clings to Bill Gates’ alleged “vision” of tablet computing a decade ago. He envisioned styli and handwriting then, and Microsoft is slogging through with that failed dream even now. Microsoft is clueless. This. Will. Fail.