A group from Microsoft's C++ team is developing a note-taking app for Windows 8, currently known as Project Austin. Inspired by and using code from Microsoft's fabled Courier, Austin aims to replace real notebooks while also demonstrating the capabilities of the operating system as well as C++, as told by project member Jorge Pereira. Like most journal or note-taking apps, users with a stylus (or a finger) can draw or write on paper with various backgrounds. Project Austin adds to the experience by also letting users add photos from the device's hard drive, a camera, or from the cloud. Once a user's creative process is complete, the app can natively share the results through email or Skydrive.

There's no solid release date for Project Austin, but if the team plans to launch with Windows 8 it still has more than a month to work on the software. Fortunately, the project is hosted through Microsoft's CodePlex, so a developer package and the most of the source code is available for download now. Otherwise, you can take a look a the video below to see what an app with Courier genetics is capable of.