iPad killers take a time-out

Looking back, I guess I gave the competition too much credit. It was a silly thing to do, and I promise it won’t happen again.

I haven’t seen HP confirm that the Slate is dead, but it makes no difference for this article. A decade of failure means the Slate will be dead out of the gate anyway.

I’m impressed that HP is taking action to truly get in the tablet game. Now that they have webOS, they should definitely kill the Slate. They need to focus on getting a tablet with webOS ready, and that’s likely to take a year. They don’t need the distraction of a failure in the marketplace to slow them down and tarnish their webOS offering.

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Farewell, Courier, we hardly knew ye. (Oh wait, yes we did.)

It seems, however, that things just didn’t manage to take shape, and word was handed down very recently that the incubation period had reached its conclusion — sans product — and resources would be directed elsewhere.

Good for Microsoft. Maybe they could see this thing had no real chance, and it’ll save them future humiliation in the marketplace and press. Besides, you can’t stop what never began in the first place.

Microsoft did not kill the Courier today. It. Never. Existed.

What can a Microsoft video teach us?

The Courier video is impressive not only for technology it showcases but the thinking behind it.

Emphasis is mine. All this analysis over a CGI demo video. Wow.

I don’t know what the Courier can teach the market, but the Courier video can teach us that there’s still a lot of sites in the tech world that will happily trumpet anything Microsoft says they’ll do, and treat it as real. Engadget is one of those sites.

Microsoft’s Courier Has No Chance

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.