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No Longer David v. Goliath

April 18, 2010
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It can get confusing out in the tech world, what company owns and runs what products and what options consumers have for certain product categories. I found this chart by Gizmodo that tries and mildly succeeds at clarifying the situation. However, it does shows how confusing it really is because these three power companies that are really competing for the same exact audience with very similar products in the same product categories.

I also think it’s funny that the only Microsoft product I use on this chart is MS Office, and at the same time I use Google Docs.

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ebook War Receives New Contender – Microsoft Courier

March 5, 2010
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eBook reader? Tablet device? Digital journal?

With the just recently announced and yet to be released Apple iPad on the horizon, and the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook already in the market, it seems that there are plenty of contenders in the ebook market currently. And while the iPad is much more than just an ebook, Microsoft is going to be entering the market as well with the release of the Microsoft Courier.

With this last photo, you can see that this product is going to be a much closer competitor to the Apple iPad than to either of the traditional ebooks. The operating system is the same one that will be used for the new Microsoft 7 phone and the Microsoft Zune. Each screen is about the size of a 5″x7″ photo and when folded it is less than an inch thick.

The Courier appears to be centered completely around writing and drawing with some sort of pen tool. The Courier contains built in handwriting recognition programs, making this a much more intimate product. However, at this point there is no released release date or price for people to look forward to.

While looking at the spec photos above, I am very excited to see how this product plays out. It seems that Microsoft has finally created something that is extremely aesthetically pleasing. Depending on the price of this product and how the new few months of development go, I think a lot of people will be looking to keep up to date on this product.


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