∞ Microsoft failures leading up to Windows 8 tablets

It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we’ve all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft’s astonishing take on the tablet. Gizmodo — September 22, 2009

Courier was canceled in April 2010 without ever being released.

Essentially, we think the success of the Kin One depends a lot on how much it sells for – if it’s less than £200 then it’s got a very real shot of being a massive phone. TechRadar — April 14, 2010
The first time I opened Kin Studio felt like magic. An entire website was created to hold my Kin’s content, yet I had done absolutely nothing extra to put it there. AllThingsD — May 4, 2010

The Kin sold for $49.99 (£31) and was canceled less than two months after it launched.

Hello, Windows 8? This is iPad. You win. Paul Thurrott — September 13, 2011

We’ll see.



  • adamtheturtle

    Not £31 without contract which is what I think £200 referred to.

  • http://twitter.com/Moeskido Moeskido

    Not to mention Microsoft’s impressive history with stylus-based tablet computing in a previous decade.

  • $360AShareAgainPissesMeOff>:-{

    The tech pundits have a new hero to crush Apple’s iPad.  The Windows 8 tablet is purported to do EVERYTHING better than the iPad.  After all, iOS is downright puny compared to the omnipotent Windows desktop OS.  There’s an honest-to-goodness file management system that users can tinker around with because we all know that typical consumers just love to manage their files.  And of course, the Windows 8 will have Bill Gates beloved stylus.  Hell, what consumer doesn’t want to use a stylus.

    Nine years Microsoft tried to get consumers to buy their tablets and consumers didn’t give a damn.  Now the tech pundits are so damn certain that because the Apple iPad stirred consumers’ interest, Microsoft will be able to build on whatever the iPad had and outdo it with more features.  The tech pundits didn’t want to believe the iPad would sell to consumers, but now they’re willing to bet their lives that the Windows 8 tablet will kick the crap out of Apple’s iPad.

    I wish these same tech pundits would explain to me why Microsoft can barely move any WP7 smartphones despite the fact that it supposedly has a more powerful OS than iPhone’s iOS.  Never listen to tech pundits spewing garbage about vaporware.  Consumers have to wait for a finished product to decide whether they’ll buy it or not.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBZGEKODLMMN4FON37X5OMTL4E Paul Johnson

    What’s really pathetic is that not a word is said about battery life or overheating issues in almost all of the reviews.  It’s not hard to port a somewhat touch-friendly shell + standard operating system to a tablet that uses an i-series Intel processor.  But running all of that on an ARM tablet is a very different proposition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBZGEKODLMMN4FON37X5OMTL4E Paul Johnson

    What’s really pathetic is that not a word is said about battery life or overheating issues in almost all of the reviews.  It’s not hard to port a somewhat touch-friendly shell + standard operating system to a tablet that uses an i-series Intel processor.  But running all of that on an ARM tablet is a very different proposition.

  • Anonymous

    Who’d have guessed so many pundits are such junkies for something new to write about, so much so that the big picture is invisible and so much overlooked. Taught me a lesson- regarding technology, as well as politics and just about anything else nowadays- trust no one.

  • Guest

    I want a stylus. I’m sick of fingerpainting like an imbecile.