Engadget reports that Microsoft has confirmed that “Courier” was a real project but that it will not be released to the market.
Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s VP of corporate communications:
At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated. It’s in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity. The “Courier” project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.
This doesn’t surprise me all that much. Courier never really seemed like something that would have a broad market appeal. I can see that there would be those that would buy it and love it, but unfortunately the digital journal isn’t something that too many people would buy into. Although there was a lot of great things to demo in those leaked videos nothing really reached out and grabbed me as something I would really need.