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Bill Gates unfussed by Steve Jobs’ jab—report



WASHINGTON – Microsoft founder Bill Gates coolly parried some harsh criticism from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, in an interview with ABC television Sunday, saying their professional rivalry was positive.

Bill Gates. AP FILE PHOTO

Gates, who maintained a long rivalry with the Apple innovator, was asked about an authorized biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson which portrayed Gates as comparatively uninspired as a creative spirit.

The Microsoft founder was told by ABC that Jobs “basically said that you were ‘unimaginative, had never invented anything and shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.’ That’s pretty tough stuff. What’s your reaction to that?”

“Well, Steve and I worked together, you know, … creating the Mac. We had more people on it, did the key software for it,” Gates explained.

“So over the course of, you know, the 30 years we worked together, you know, he said a lot of very nice things about me and he said a lot of tough things.

Gates went on: “I mean, he faced, several times at Apple, the fact that their products were so premium priced that they literally might not stay in the marketplace. So the fact that we were succeeding with high volume products, you know, including a range of prices, because of the way we worked with multiple companies, it’s tough.

“So the fact that, you know, at various times, he felt beleaguered, he felt like he was — he was the good guy and we were the bad guys, you know, very understandable.

“I, you know, respect Steve. We got to work together. We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of that bothers me at all,” Gates told ABC.

Jobs lost his years-long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 earlier this month.


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  • Anonymous

    What people forget is that if it wasn’t for Bill Gates and Microsoft investment of Apple back when apple was going down, there would have been no apple rise by now…

    That’s all thanks to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates friendship

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs described his relationship with Bill Gates in a PBS documentary like the line in a Beatles song:
                     “…you and I have memories,
                      longer than the road
                      that stretches out ahead” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Totoy-Mola/100001186238171 Totoy Mola

    I find it hard to believe that when Dennis Richie died so few have bothered to give him the acknowledge he deserve.

    Technically speaking Dennis Richie > Steve Jobs and Bill Gates combined.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Steve Jobs is getting over-hyped accolades. He may have made significant contributions in realm of ICT but putting his name in the same pedestal as those mentioned by blogger Boetdebane is an over- statement. I totally disagree.

    I am quite curious, the last name that blogger Boetdebane mentioned in his comments below does not ring a bell for me. What did he discover? What mind blogging contribution did he make to qualify him as immortally remembered as great as Einstein, Edison et al.



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