Tomorrow’s HP / Microsoft tablet will probably be the HP tm2-1070us


The New York Times is claiming that Microsoft‘s CEO Steve Ballmer will introduce a new “Slate PC Ahead of Apple” during his opening CES keynote:

This product better be good because Apple is expected to unveil its take on the slate/tablet form-factor later this month. If history holds, Apple will issue a product that surprises people in a few ways and that stands out from the crowd.

So, the last thing Mr. Ballmer wants to hold up is a me-too type device.

Spokespeople from Microsoft and H.P. declined to comment on the product or the content of Mr. Ballmer’s speech.

My sources, however, say that Mr. Ballmer will show the as yet unnamed H.P. device. The product will be touted as a multi-media whiz with e-reader and multi-touch functions.

Don’t get your hopes up folks, because the Tablet PC will probably be the-soon-to-be released HP TouchSmart tm2-1070us:

1.30GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 Processor, 4GB DDR3, 320GB Hard Drive, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Intel 4500MHD GPU, 12.1″ MultiTouch Display, Webcam Mic, Fingerprint sensor, Windows 7 Premium 64bit

This how things work lately: Post bullsh@t story about Microsoft trying to one-up Apple/Google, then bash them afterwards because the mythical product didn’t materialize.

We will see tomorrow…

Update: Heres the actual product shown

Source: NYTimes

Microsoft Courier UI slides leaked

Gizmodo has posted one more Microsoft Courier leak today. This time it’s the presentation slides describing how the Courier’s UI works. The document shows the different gestures used to interact with the devices. I’m willing to bet that Microsoft isn’t happy about all these leaks..See the previous leaks here & here.

Source: Gizmodo

The Microsoft Courier Puzzle

I always loved puzzle games and this time I think we’ve got a pretty intersting one at hand: The Microsoft Courier Tablet/booklet project.

Remember a few days ago when the news broke out at Gizmodo I mentioned that the Courier project looked like it was based on Inkseine and the Codex prototype from Microsoft Research. I did some more digging (thanks Lituus) and found some intereting things.
We’ve already seen that the Courier UI in the first video looks like a highly polished version of Inkseine (shown here on the Codex protype):

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But the second video demonstrates some sort of scrapbook features which are really close to several Microsoft Office Labs & Live Labs projects:

Microsoft Canvas for OneNote:

Canvas for OneNote allows you to navigate and edit notebooks in a new way by providing a high-level canvas-view of all your content. The prototype lets you zoom and pan around; view and organize content in new ways; add new pages right where you want them; and even locate pages in a timeline view.

Microsoft ThumbTack

Thumbtack is a personal repository for information gathered from across the web. It can be used to collect text, photos and links from any web page using familiar mechanisms such as copy and paste. It’s implemented as an Ajax application and runs entirely within a browser. All user data is stored in a web service and is accessible from any computer via a browser.

Microsoft StickySorter

Ever found yourself lost in the eye of a brainstorm? Lots of great information, but it’s all over the place! Sticky Sorter is a Grassroots Project, developed by two Microsoft Employees, that you can use today to manage such challenges. The inventors, Julie and Sumit, were looking for an easier way to capture, sift through, and organize hundreds of research observations traditionally done on physical sticky notes in an affinity diagramming exercise with researchers from around the world. The result is StickySorter which met their complex needs, supports virtual collaboration, and is now available for you to use in managing your next brainstorm.

It looks like Microsoft took those projects (Codex, Inkseine, Canvas for Onenote, Thumbtack & Stickysorter) mixed them all together to finally come out with the Courier project. Take all these bits & pieces,put them together and you got what we have seen of Courier.

More Microsoft Courier details and speculations

Gizmodo just posted some new info they’ve got about Microsoft’s booklet/tablet prototype the Courier. They’ve posted a second video showing the Courier being used as a journal/scrapbook.

The heart of Courier appears to what’s called the “infinite journal,” which is what it sounds like: A journal/scrapbook that is endless, bound only by storage constraints (presumably). Hopefully they will call it something less awkward. The journal can actually be published online, and it’s shown here as able to be downloaded in three formats: a Courier file, Powerpoint or PDF. There’s also a library that looks a lot like Delicious Library, where things like subscriptions, notebooks and apps, are stored.

The video demonstrates the abilitiy ot cut/copy/pastefrom any part of a webpage in the browser and drag it to the second screen/page which acts are your scrapbook. This functionalilty is already availalbe in InkSeine but in a less polished way. Another nice feature is the ability to share your presentations/scrapbooks with anyboy via the internet.

It feels more evolved and fined, and less convoluted, suggesting it’s more recent.

Uh? The first video was basically a polished demo of InkSeine (which has been available for more than a year) while the second video is all about using the tablet as a scrapbook. I don’t see how this means that the Courier is only a scrapbook tablet now. So If I make a 2mins video demoing Excel on a PC it would instantly mean that a PC is only used to create spreadsheets? Nice logic boys.

According someone who tipped Mary Jo Foley, the courier prototype is supposedly running Windows 7. I would bet on some form of Windows CE 7/WM7 though. Her tipster is also saying that Microsoft is going to biuld the device and attempting to launch it in Mid-2010. Wait & see..

Source: Gizmodo & MJF

Microsoft’s Courier Tablet details!

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What the…Gizmodo just posted a whole bunch of info (and video) of Microsoft’s internal Tablet prototype named Courier. It’s said to have dual folding 7inch capacitive touch-screens that can be operated by fingers or stylus for handwriting recognition and a 3mpx camera with flah on the back. It still remains to be seen if this device is ever going to hit retail but it looks mighty impressive so far. It looks like part of the UI uses Microsoft’s Research Inkseine. I wonder which OS is this device going to run. Is it a version of Windows CE 7? Windows Mobile 7? J. Allard Chief Experience Officer is working on it. The PMX division is also working on Pink and WM7

Here’s a little memory refresher: Microsoft Codex dual screen prototype Looks similar ? Yes, it even uses InkSeine as the main UI.

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500x_courier1_01 Source: Gizmodo