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News Bytereports Brier Dudley at the Seattle Times. Berkes’ departure is being cast as a big loss to the company as it plays catch-up in the consumer market. After Xbox, Berkes went on to lead development of the ultra mobile PCs, including the now-canceled Courier project. Berkes is joining an undisclosed company outside of the Seattle area.
Our garages have no flying cars, our cities are still built on the ground and our robots just barely clean the floor. But today, the secretive start-up formerly known as Kakai hopes to answer one of technology’s future promises by replacing the dense poundage of textbooks weighing down backpacks everywhere with its new Kno tablet device.
Want to get the latest news on “Courier,” Microsoft’s rumored-but-not-confirmed answer to Apple’s iPad? Microsoft doesn’t want to talk about it. But Redmond does have a suggestion for you: Read the gadget blogs.
As much as BoomTown likes a good computer tablet faceoff, sources with knowledge of the situation said that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will not be whipping out the secret slate PC called “Courier,” which the company has been noodling on, in his keynote speech opening the Consumer Electronics Show tonight. Last night, the New York Times reported, in a blog post titled “Microsoft and H.P. to Reveal Slate PC Ahead of Apple,” that the software giant’s boss would do so. Except he will not.
Way back in the fall of 2001, BoomTown attended a keynote speech at the now-defunct Comdex show in Las Vegas, where Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates continued to bang the drum for one of his long-running obsessions: The tablet computer. It is an obsession he has never given up. So it is ironic that all the hype has suddenly and firmly coalesced around the particulars of the tablet that Apple has developed–a device being spearheaded by CEO Steve Jobs and likely to arrive in the coming months.