The Courier lives again in ‘Project Austin,’ a note-taking app for Windows 8

Microsoft Courier was nothing more than a concept demonstrated in a video, yet it won over the hearts of so many people. The notebook-shaped dual-touchscreen tablet looked to be a perfect device for avid note-takers and sketchers, but it never saw the light of day. Some people thought that we might see Courier come back to life with Windows 8. While the device is no where in site, the functionality is closer than you think.

Microsoft’s C++ team is working on something called “Project Austin.” This project is a note-taking app that uses code from the famous Courier device. Project Austin uses touch input from stylus’ or fingers. Users can import photos from the device, or take new photos with the camera. The notes are organized so that it is easy to find what you’re looking for. The team has put together the video below to demonstrate what Project Austin can do. It looks very promising, and we hope the app is ready for the Windows 8 launch.

[Project Austin via The Verge]


  • Excited to get my hands on that. I was very disappointed when nothing came of the Courier project.