May 31st, 2003

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"Interviews" with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

"Interviews" in quotes not because they're faked, but because they're informal transcripts from Denise Howell, an attendee at a Wall Street Journal technology conference. Jobs is sharper than I sometimes give him credit for. Gates is sharper than a lot of Microsoft detractors think. It's interesting to see their radically different views of things like tablet PCs. (Gates: "A lot of people learn the pencil before they use the keyboard"; Jobs: "Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of other PCs and devices already... and people accuse [Apple] of niche markets.")