Pioneer Studios is slightly older than three years, but this unit has been shut down by Microsoft. Just what did Pioneer Studios get themselves involved in? For starters, they were an operation that was formed to develop consumer electronics and experiences, being the brainchild of J. Allard, the person behind the original Xbox launch and chief technology officer of the company’s Entertainment and Device division before he left Microsoft one year back. Majority of the Pioneer employees have been reshuffled to different Microsoft businesses, while others have looked for greener pastures elsewhere.
While Microsoft has long remained silent about Pioneer, it must be noted that the operation used to be at the heart of the company’s efforts to capture consumer imagination. Pioneer was the incubation ground of what could possibly be in the future, and part of their efforts included the ill-fated Courier tablet that never took off – who would have known how things might have turned out if the opposite happened?
Pioneer was also responsible for parts of Windows Phone 7, Xbox, and Zune, in addition to the deceased Kin cell phone that lasted for less than a couple of months on the market. Sometimes we do wonder just how much percentage luck has on the success of a device.
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