Originally Posted by WillysJeepMan
What does this do that dozens of notebook apps for other operating systems don't? Is it simply because it is specifically for Windows 8?
"Simply" because it is for Windows 8 it has access to all sorts of "minor" features and services that Windows offers up to all properly-written apps; it can automatically and transparently access Cloud storage services like LiveDrive, text can be run through the TTF engine, it picks up the "ink as a data type" features of Windows, Handwriting recognition, voice annotation, automatic "pull" data backup and sync, camera integration, remote access, resolution-independent display...
This particular app brings to Windows 8 a particular software cuite that was designed for a planned Microsoft dual-pane folding tablet called Courier. (There is a link about Courier in the ZDNet article.) A lot of people were hoping MS would release Courier; Project Austin is a chance to replicate the Courier experience on Windows 8 devices.