[…] Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates suggested during a television interview that rumors of the company’s death in the tablet PC space were, at best, premature. His comments followed a week in which Microsoft announced the death of its long-rumored Courier project, which centered on a dual-touch-screen device in a folding book-like format, and in which further scuttlebutt had it that Hewlett-Packard had decided to eliminate a Windows 7-powered “Slate” tablet PC from its upcoming lineup. “Microsoft has a lot of different tablet projects that we’re pursuing,” Gates said, according to a Fox Business Network transcript quoted by TechFlash. “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 [use to] create documents at the same time.” […]

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