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The Microsoft Courier  is the most exciting, innovative product that has yet to be released. I’d begun to worry about whether or not it was vaporware. Thankfully, Engadget  has just received word that the digital journal will be hitting stores in the second half of 2010.

Courier will function as a “digital journal,” and it’s designed to be seriously portable: it’s under an inch thick, weighs a little over a pound. When closed, it won’t be much larger than a 5X7 photo. That’s a lot smaller than we expected — this new picture really puts it into perspective — and the internals apparently reflect that emphasis on mobility.  The Courier appears to use the Tegra 2 chip and runs the same OS as the Zune HD/Pink, which likely means Windows CE 6.

Having dual screens actually changes this Microsoft Tablet into a Booklet, even more fun for the masses. Based on its looks and videos, it is multi-touch and is supposed to be used with a stylus for writing and drawing.

As we’ve heard, the interface appears to be pen-based and centered around drawing and writing, with built-in handwriting recognition and a corresponding web site that allows access to everything entered into the device in a blog-like format complete with comments. We’re also hearing that there will be a built-in camera, and there’s a headphone jack for media playback. Most interestingly, it looks like the Courier will also serve as Microsoft’s e-book device, with a dedicated ecosystem centered around reading.

An amazing addition that gives a little extra fun is the camera on the back cover, creating a practical tablet that gives a little more.

It has been rumored that it is in final actual design stages and getting really close to “late prototype”. Sounds exciting!

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