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Bill Gates ‘Microsoft still likes tablets; pen-based computing isn’t dead’ said with Fox interview

Appearing with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway lieutenant Charlie Munger for a wide-ranging interview on Fox Business Network, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, made it clear that the company isn’t giving up on tablet computing — despite last weeks’ dropping of its Courier dual-screen tablet project, and the report that HP won’t be using Windows 7 for its upcoming slate computer. “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects that we’re pursuing,” said Gates, according to a transcript provided by the network. “We think that work with the pen that Microsoft pioneered will become a mainstream for students. It can give you a device that you can not only read, but also create documents at the same time.” Notably, pen input was one of the scenarios demonstrated in the leaked videos (1, 2, 3) of Microsoft’s Courier project, and the company said in its statement last week that technologies from the Courier device would be “evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings.” Pen-based computers were a centerpiece of Microsoft’s original Tablet PC initiative, championed by Gates back in the early part of the last decade, but touch screens have become the input mechanism of choice in recent years, as exemplified by the iPad. Watch the video embedded:

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