Remember the cancelled “Courier” project? Microsoft has been demonstrating a number of research projects using pen and touch computing that are key to the Courier concept.
The demos come courtesy of a recent Channel 9 tour of Microsoft’s Research team. The second video, in a three part series, shows how Microsoft is investigating the use and integration of pen and touch.
Michel Pahud of Microsoft Research shows a number of different ways for interacting with devices using pen and touch. Pahud shows demos across Surface, Tablet and Smartphone devices. The concepts appear to be similar to the Courier Project that Microsoft famously cancelled earlier this year. Courier promised a new innovative tablet concept using both touch and pen computing. The project was an innovative new tablet concept that had promised to combine a dual screen book design with finger and stylus input. The leaked promotional materials demonstrated various concepts that would have brought an unparalleled productivity tool to the market. Microsoft’s Research team had reached a concept stage but Microsoft was never planning to manufacture the device.
Pahud states in the video that Microsoft has done a lot of exploration of pen and touch computing and that it’s ongoing research that the company is still exploring. “We strongly believe that the pen is still very important and touch is also very important, but the most important is to use them both in concert at the right time.”
Microsoft has promised a “major revamp” of Windows for Slate based computing. Windows 8 is set to be designed specifically with these types of devices in mind. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, promised the Windows revamp in a speech earlier this year.