OK, they’ve got the XBox. But don’t go trying to sell me on a Zune. Still, it’s clear that Microsoft is being forced to innovate again. With Google‘s bid to permanently own “the cloud” (more on that later), the House of Gates is losing their monopoly on the business software market. But Google’s online apps are lacking in some essential features and have utterly unappealing graphic interfaces. On the other hand, does anyone get inspired by Word? Nope, inspiration is Apple‘s gig. That is, until now.
Check out this incredible looking “late prototype” of a notebook tablet that Microsoft is hoping to get to market soon. It’s called Courier, and it is, as Darth Vader might say, impressive.
Now imagine this was an Apple product with audio file possibilities. Higher-than-MP3 quality sound; maybe a streaming app like Spotify for cloud music access; added value files. . . we could be witnessing the rebirth of the gatefold album! Something you can roll your weed in while tripping out on those Roger Dean covers! (throw a Kindle-like reader in there, and I’m sold.)
Will Apple go tablet, as previously rumored? I kind of hope so. But until then, Microsoft is looking a little less lame.