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A look at Microsoft's new tablet PC

Last updated on: September 24, 2009 

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Microsoft is developing a tablet personal computer Courier, a move that could put the software major in competition with the planned tablet from Apple.

A tablet personal computer generally refers to a laptop which has a touch screen for operating the device, in place of a keyboard or mouse.


Image: Microsoft's new tablet PC, Courier.
Photographs: Courtesy, Technology blog Gizmodo.
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"It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But may be we've all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft's astonishing take on the tablet," technology blog Gizmodo said on Tuesday.

According to the report, the device is in the "late prototype" stage of development.


Image: Bill Gates holds an earlier version of Tablet PC.
Photographs: Jeff Christensen/Reuters
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"The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multi touch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers.

They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button," the report noted.



Image: Bill Gates holds up a Tablet PC while speaking at a press conference.
Photographs: Anthony P. Bolante/Reuters
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Gizmodo said that until recently, the project was only known to the few engineers and executives working on it - Microsoft's brightest, like entertainment and devices technology chief and user-experience wizard J Allard, who is spearheading the project.

"Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies," the report added.


Image: Scott Dixon, winner of the 2003 Indy Racing League Championship with a tablet PC.
Photographs: Jeff Christensen/Reuters
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