Yesterday, we heard news of Microsoft dropping a cool $300 million, in cold, hard cash, into Barnes and Noble.
Take a minute to digest that information.
Microsoft the venerable Android tax collector, has decided that it needs to make some headway into the ebook market. Barnes and Noble currently runs atop Android and its Nook devices are enjoying steady sales. That seems like a doubly whammy to me. Microsoft is willing to partner with the Android taxee in order to bolster its fledgling ebook store.
Here’s the part I get excited at. Yes, Microsoft doesn’t make to many of its own devices. Yes, they
tried wanted to come out with a tablet/ebook hybrid device. That device, the Courier, never happened, but maybe now it will. With Windows 8 launching later this year, and Microsoft diving whole-heartedly into a new touch-driven interface, maybe there’s hope just yet for the (Nook?) Courier. Maybe, I wax nostalgic on something that should remain dead.