Microsoft blocks rumours of early Courier tablet release

Microsoft has responded to reports that it is planning to release a tablet computer codenamed Courier at any time in the near future.

The industry has been awash with speculation that Microsoft will release a twin screen e-book reader shortly to compete with similar products from Apple and Amazon. However, in a blog posting today Frank Shaw, corporate vice president of Corporate Communications at Microsoft, poured cold water on such tales.

"At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated. It's in Microsoft's DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity," he wrote.

"The 'Courier' project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings."

Microsoft has notorious for playing with technology and then abandoning it. Bill Gates drove development of various handheld computing designs before they were abandoned and it appears the Courier is firmly now on the back burner.

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