Microsoft talks about what happened to the Courier at Build 2018
Ever wondered why the infamous Courier was canceled? We've got an official answer for you.
The Microsoft Courier. The canceled legendary dual-screen computer from 2010 made a brief appearance during a session at Build 2018 today. In the session, Jon Friedman, a designer who worked on the courier, talked a little bit about what Courier was and why Microsoft decided to cancel the product.
The story isn't one we didn't already know, but it's nice to have a more official account on the matter. In short, the reason it was canceled is because it didn't fit in with what Microsoft were doing in the Windows space at the time. Courier ran a custom version of Windows, but at the time Microsoft was focused on making Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 the flagship versions of Windows for all devices.
The problem with Courier was that it didn't have a clear developer story. Microsoft wanted Metro apps to be the development platform Microsoft targeted, and Courier wasn't going to be able to run Metro apps. As such, Steve Ballmer decided to pull the plug on Courier. The Courier itself was going to be a dual-screen computer designed for note taking, email, and general productivity tasks.
These days, rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to take another stab at the dual-screen form factor, this time running Windows 10. Courier garnered a lot of interested many years ago, and news of its cancelation was heart-breaking to many following the topic. Perhaps Microsoft might be able to generate that same level of interest with its Andromeda device?
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Facebook doesn't have a PWA expect Instagram which isn't really a good PWA.
And it works without an google account on your phone.
When Windows 8 came out I think Microsoft blew it when they felt it would be easy for
people to learn how to use it. they were wrong. the tiles are great for Windows Tablets but
to replace the desktop PC screen for a screen rectangles and squares and 4 Charms at the right side of the screen was too far out for some people. even today People do not even see the
tiles on the desktop unless you chose Tablet mode which few people use windows 8.1 made Windows 10 useable
The delusion factor is a little higher than normal today...
For a mobile device it will need to allow actual software to be installed which again starts hitting the enterprise sector, also PWA aren't going to make the consumer jump to Microsoft, the trendy apps like Snapchat ect aren't going to do a PWA. Even Windows 10 lacks apps and developers the Microsoft store is shocking compared to its competitors, I also guarantee is a folders let device came out it would be like Windows 10 S (S Mode) locked up so you cant do s**t.
I personally like to a Microsoft made foldable device that runs Android but built in Microsoft apps and launcher. As so far in build have mentioned the way they are supporting Apple and Android with timeline and the Launcher for Enterprise. It would sell more that way to.
I use the Launcher on my OnePlus5 and it's great works very well and constant support.
The issue with a folding phone or tablet is that it doesn't add much utilty compared to a nonfolding version. It just sounds cool. There isn't much you're going to be able to do on two 5.5" screens slapped together as opposed to a single screen. If you have to plug it into a dock to get added utility, why don't you just save yourself the massive engineering headache & use a single screen? MS tried that already & failed.
If you have a use for this extremely niche product, great. I just think a lot of readers here are going to be disappointed with the final version of what this thing is if they ever actually release it.