Taposé developers aim to bring Microsoft’s Courier interface to the iPad

By Tom Warren, on 29th Mar 11 11:37 am with 11 Comments

Tapose mockup

Two U.S. based developers are aiming to bring Microsoft’s famous Courier project to the iPad.

Microsoft canceled their internal Courier project shortly after the release of the iPad. 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. Most media outlets and analysts felt the move to cancel the device was a mistake. Two developers also feel the same.

Trained engineers Benjamin Monnig and his friend Ricky, who both work full time at Boeing on the 737 aircraft, are aiming to raise enough cash to bring Microsoft’s Courier vision to reality. The pair have reached out to the Kickstarter community in an attempt to raise $10,000. “We would love to make our idea a reality and get Taposé on as many iPads (and possibly additional tablet devices) as possible,” says lead developer Monning. “Taposé brings the once hyped Courier functionality to the iPad. For us, it was an obvious decision to deliver such a superb product to tablet users. The creativity, productivity, and attractive user interface coalesce into one outstanding product.”

Both engineers need to take time off from work in order to make Tapose a reality. Monning is an aerospace design engineer and Rick a manufacturing engineer, who build mobile apps in their spare time. At the time of writing the pair have raised nearly $1,000 in just a week. If enough cash is raised then the Tapose application will be released in Summer 2011 but not for Microsoft’s Slate devices initially.

[Via TheNextWeb]

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    hope this fails!

    • Dannyisanidiot

      Idiot

    • Kenobutler

      Idiot

    • http://eingoluq.blogspot.com Eingoluq

      idiot!

  • http://twitter.com/GhoDannyWahyudi Gho,Danny Wahyudi

    Wait for The Legal Team of Apple come to your house
    Seriously,Steve won’t let this happen
    Since people will say Microsoft Copycat

  • rojo

    Also, what makes them think that the Courier concepts won’t show up in some future Microsoft device? Just because they canceled the project does not mean they canceled the technology as well. I think these guys are going down the wrong road.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Yeah I think we’ll see them arrive in Windows 8

  • rojo

    Also, what makes them think that the Courier concepts won’t show up in some future Microsoft device? Just because they canceled the project does not mean they canceled the technology as well. I think these guys are going down the wrong road.

  • Monnig

    To my knowledge, Taposé doesn’t break any of Apple’s rules or restrictions, so why would Apple have any issues with it? It’s a great way to bring sought after technology/functionality to an existing device. Although, I may be slightly biased :D

  • trashoner

    This project sounds good in theory but I don’t think the ending project will look or feel close to the actual courier prototype. The main apeal the courier had vs the competition was that it was a double screen device with software that was tailored especifically for that device. The tapose will only mimic half of that experience.

  • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

    And how about the legal aspect? Can they just copy MS technology and hope to get away with it without MS knocking on their door? I guess, they’ll pay large sum of money for each sale they maken.