Bill Gates unfussed by Steve Jobs' jab

October 31, 2011
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, pictured in July 2011, coolly parried some harsh criticism from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, in an interview with ABC television aired on Sunday, saying their professional rivalry was positive.

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.

Gates, who maintained a long with the Apple , 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 . 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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epsi00
1 / 5 (1) Oct 31, 2011
really?
Aloken
not rated yet Oct 31, 2011
Like, you know, really...
IVT
1 / 5 (2) Oct 31, 2011
I was going to congratulate Gates on being so magnanimous, but it's not hard to appear magnanimous when you are compared with Steve Jobs. Keep changing the world Bill!
hush1
1 / 5 (1) Nov 01, 2011
I'm sorry. Who is Bill Gates? I have never heard of this person.
grimotr
not rated yet Nov 01, 2011
im going to sue bill gates - the very first computer game i ever owned was decathalon on the apple II. the 400 metres was a button mashing race and at age 12 going for a 42 second time i tore the muscleclear off my neck playing it - i had the worlds first gamer sports injury and gates made decathalon for the apple *shakes fist at gates* (true story)
Ethelred
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 02, 2011
These logins are all sockpuppets and need to be banned by Physorg.

johnnyb72 | johnnyb73 | johnnyb74 | johnnyb75 | IVT |

And competent site would ban the person that created them as well.

Ethelred
Noumenon
2.2 / 5 (74) Nov 10, 2011
I suspect it's FrankHerbert.

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