Part 2 of How Microsoft Killed the Courier Tablet
Yesterday we linked to Jay Greene’s CNet post that offered up some background on how Microsoft made the decision to end the life of the Courier Tablet. As promised Greene has a part 2 up today. Both posts make for good reading, although Part 2 is more about the background and the differences between J Allard and Steven Sinfosky that set up the clash of cultures talked about in part 1.
There is one piece of interesting news in part 2.
It’s clear Allard still harbors some passion for Courier. Shortly after the project was killed, two developers from the Seattle suburbs, Benjamin Monnig and Ricky Drake, decided to bring the Courier concept to the iPad. They turned to Kickstarter to fund the app, dubbed Tapose, which is slated to debut near Thanksgiving. The duo quickly raised $26,561 on the site and roughly $100,000 more in private investments, Monnig said. One of the largest backers, according to Monnig: J Allard.
“J has been an adviser to me and our team,” Monnig said. “He has made sure to keep enough distance, but has helped guide us in the right direction.”
It will be interesting to see how that turns out here in the near future.