Find: Microsoft kills off consumer-focused Pioneer Studios

Ms shuts down the independent studio responsible for xbox and metro (the wp7 ui). Bad idea. Since consumer is the new business, ms is turning away from future. 

Microsoft kills off consumer-focused Pioneer Studios

Pioneer Studios, an experimental group within Microsoft tasked with designing and incubating novel "consumer experiences," has been closed down, with the team disbanded and redistributed, and its offices vacated.

The group's most famous project was the Courier tablet concept, a twin-screen folding tablet designed for note-taking and Web browsing. Pioneer Studios also contributed towards the ill-fated KIN phone, and worked on pieces of Windows Phone 7, Xbox, and Zune.

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