Microsoft may be reviving one of its original capsule projects.
The company is definitely working on a new foldable tablet gadget that’s designed for note-taking, according to a brand new report in Windows Central. Information are still scarce but the current explanation sounds like a weird mashup among a smartphone and an old-school PDA.
The blog explains the device as “similar” to Microsoft’s ill-fated Courier tablet, a Windows-based tablet that Microsoft killed almost a decade ago. Now though, it seems like Ms is â? for some reason â? ready to give the concept a second look.
Here’s how Windows Central explains the “digital pocket notebook” gadget, which is currently still a model: Â
a foldable tablet that will runs Windows 10… designed to become pocketable when folded, kind of like the phone… it also has telephony features, meaning you could replace your real smartphone with it and still be able to get calls and texts
Despite the particular smartphone comparison, the report stresses it’s meant to be more notebook compared to handset as “the device places pen and inking at the really forefront of its experience. “
We don’t have images of this supposed gadget, but here’s a video of the actual original Courier project looked like.
So, to recap: the smartphone-sized digital notebook and stylus pen that can make phone calls. Windows Main speculates that Microsoft is trying to “carve out a new market, inch for the device, which sounds like the generous description at best.
It’s difficult to imagine what purpose this kind of device would serve that aren’t already be accomplished with a telephone or tablet. It could be that Microsoft desires to make some sort of gadget that justifies Windows 10 on mobile since Windows Phone is finally lastly dead. Â
Still, this notebook-like device sounds pretty far from the solution to Microsoft’s mobile problem â? at least, the way it’s described today. Â
It’s not clear exactly whenever, or even if, the device will release, but the report says it could arrive sometime in 2018.