The Microsoft Courier has been dead to most of us for a long time now. One of the highlights of CES 2010, it stalled and never made its way past production. Two engineers, however, have made it their goal to reinvent the Courier’s unique user interface on today’s modern tablets.
The Courier was a device that promoted content creation through the use of a stylus, writing support, and extra room to work across a dual-screen book-like setup. Tapose pays special focus to this last aspect of the Courier, the split screens, and attempts to mimic the same arrangement on other devices.
Currently Tapose is being tailored to the iPad, but there are plans for an Android version if the iOS iteration is well received.
The developer’s visualization of uses for the app includes opening Safari on one side of the screen and a document on the other, to drag and drop from the browser; or leaving contacts open on one side of the screen and maps open on the other, providing the ability to drag and drop locations. There will be an adjustable separator bar in the middle of the screen that can be used to resize the two screens. This bar will also act as a temporary holder for things like sticky notes or images.
Those nostalgic for the Microsoft Courier will have to wait until late summer for the Tapose app, since work is really just beginning on the alpha version. It will most likely be in the Apple App Store, and its pricing is anyone’s guess.