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Old 09-21-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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MS Courier tablet inspires Project Austin Open Source app from MS

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-proje...38/?s_cid=e539

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The app allows users to add pages to a notebook, delete or move them, use digital ink to write or draw and add photos. Notes created in Austin can be shared with other Windows 8 apps, like e-mail and SkyDrive. Users can choose different types of "paper" and view the pages in a variety of ways, including leafing through them like a paper book.

The Austin team wasn't trying to compete with Microsoft's more robust OneNote digital note-taking app, according to a September 20 post on the Visual C++ team blog about the new app. But they did take "much of the inspiration and code" from Courier, Microsoft's cancelled, dual-screen note-taking tablet.

"We believe in the beautiful simplicity of just a pen and a piece of paper, and that's what we tried to recreate with it. Much of the inspiration and code for the Austin app draws from an earlier project code-named Courier," blogged Visual C++ developer Jorge Pereira.

Courier was a Microsoft-developed dual-screen tablet that never made it out of incubation. It was shelved before it ever came to market back in 2010.
Details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vcblog/archi...?wa=wsignin1.0

Source and Build instructions here: http://austin.codeplex.com/wikipage?...ringTitle=Home

And the video: http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/002a/7e3a6b4...ustin_high.mp4

The app itself is apparently headed for the Win8 App store.

Looks cool. Useful, too.
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