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Microsoft working on Tablet-style PC

Microsoft Courier could steal the march on Apple

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a tablet-style PC, code-named Courier, according to Gizmodo.

The gadget blog revealed photographs of the device on its website on Tuesday (22 September 2009). The pictures show a compact, book-style device with dual 7-inch screens.

The screens are multi-touch and are designed for writing, and flicking and drawing, with a stylus as well as with your fingers. The screens are connected by a hinge that holds a single home button similar to the iPhone.

Stealing the march on Apple tablet PC

Courier appears to be the opposite of the type of tablet many believe Microsoft’s arch-rival Apple is developing. 

Courier’s interface, which combines a pen interface with multi-touch finger gestures, is more complex than the rumoured Apple design.

The hinge, according to Gizmodo, doubles as a “pocket” to hold items you want move from one page to another.

Apple tablet PC due in February?

Apple’s tablet, believed to be the brainchild of the recently returned Steve Jobs, will have a larger (10-inch) screen. The device is likely to combine the functions of an with the sort of processing power and memory you’d find in a netbook.

Both products are rumoured to be launching next year, with industry rumors pegging a launch by Apple at its annual Expo in February 2010.

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