I think Thurrott is mostly right about Microsoft killing the Courier:
No, Microsoft was right to kill that device. I mentioned earlier that Microsoft is a platforms company and the big failing of the Courier is that it didn’t support a single successful Microsoft platform, not one. Well, that and the fact that no one was ever going to buy that thing, despite all the moaning and hand-wringing you see online these days to the contrary. You see the same arguments about a Zune device based on Windows Phone: Everyone says they want one, but if Microsoft produced it, they’d sell 6 copies.
I say mostly because:
- I don’t think the Courier needed to support a “Microsoft platform” and
- Because I think that if the Courier had shipped before the iPad they would have sold a ton, but waiting until after the iPad would have Zune’d it.1
Interesting that Thurrott agrees that seemingly no matter how good it was to be — it would be destined to fail.
That’s a thing, right? ↩