April 30th in iPad News by

iPad Competition Dying Left and Right

News has surfaced that two “Apple iPad killers” have been killed themselves.

The first, a tablet device from Microsoft, the Courier, will not see the light of day according to Microsoft.  Microsoft confirmed it has canceled further development and production on its tablet project., stating, “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,” said Frank Shaw, corporate vice president of communications at Microsoft, in a statement. “The ‘Courier’ project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings.”

Pictures of the Courier showed a device in the shape of a book with two 7-inch screens, a built-in camera and Wi-Fi. The device also was said to support a several user inputs such as touching, handwriting and drawing by finger or through the use of a stylus.

In other death of iPad competitor news, HP has reportedly decided to axe the Windows 7 tablet computer that they had been developing and which had been even been displayed by Microsoft.

The much ballyhooed HP tablet, unveiled by Microsoft CEO, and one prone to extreme over-excitement, Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January. The device was expected to go on sale sometime in the middle of  2010, however Arnold Schwarzenegger has apparently been brought in to terminate the project (no word on if the Governor of California was actually brought in to terminate the project).

Will HP turn its focus to a tablet running Web OS, the operating system of HP’s newest acquisition, Palm? Will Google’s reported tablet see the light of day and will it run Chrome OS or Android?  Will anyone ever admit they purchased the JooJoo tablet?

Which tablet device, if any, do you think will make it to market and will it provide any competition to the iPad?





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  • http://iamipad.blogspot.com Dan McDougall

    Speaking of dying – while I love my iPAD, it connects everywhere except my home wifi system (BELKIN) – wifi has strong signal, but “unable to connect” is all I get when I try to connect with iPAD – ran the diagnostics from BELKIN, but not working – any ideas????

  • FlashEffect

    Uhmm I don't think so that the so called “HP Slate” is going to be a blast. To me, it won't compete the iPad because of it's lake of reliability, stability & not so friendly usage. Apple has made the iPad upon a balance, whatever it runs, it's just smooth as silk, where on the other hand, HP Slate might be slower/might lag due to it's multitasking and stuff.
    The New OS 4 for iPad and iPhone is going to support multitasking and that multitasking is not something that has ever been seen before. Just as I said “Smooth as Silk”.
    There is no reason to hate Apple for not giving the Flash Support, it's true that FlashPlayer has a lot of bugs & it even hangs your PC sometimes even if you have an extreme specification of your PC.
    The moment I saw an HTML 5 made player, I was truly shocked of it's stability and interactiveness.
    Whatsoever, I am not good at writing so, no hating comments please!

  • Dan

    Had my hands on the HP * product today. Far from dead…coming soon. Very Slick.

  • Jeremy

    Can't speak to the Microsoft Product, but the HP slate product is still moving forward. It is far from dead.

  • Matt
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