TechFlash reports that in an interview with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway lieutenant Charlie Munger for Fox Business Network, Gates reassured people that Microsoft wasn't giving up on tablets. And though it seems to be going out of fashion as of late, Bill also stated that the company believes pen- or stylus-based input methods will become the mainstream for students.
“Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects that we're pursuing," said Gates. "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."
So Microsoft hasn't given up on tablets yet and the company really digs the idea of pen- or stylus-based input, but what do they think of the competition? Bill says Apple is doing a 'great job.' When asked about Apple, Warren Buffet said, "Steve Jobs has done a terrific job. And there will be companies that excel. And occasionally they will excel because of luck, but usually they excel because of brains." Bill is said to have agreed with Buffet saying, "Yes, I think both in general and in the specific, Apple's done a great job."