Bill Gates unfussed by Jobs' jab

2011-10-31 08:27

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

Gates, who maintained a long rivalry with the Apple innovator, was asked about an authorised 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.

"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 long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 earlier this month.

  • Merven - 2011-10-31 08:43

    Now we all know, you know.

      werner.smidt - 2011-10-31 09:38

      Bill thumbed you down, Merv :(

      Shoosh - 2011-10-31 16:41

      It's actually embarrassing the amount of people who use this conversation filler "you know" whilst being interviewed or participating in discussions on TV. Watch 3Talk for some prime examples, especially the host. It irritates the crap out of us.

  • George - 2011-10-31 09:20

    Gates is still alive while Jobs is dead. Jobs refused cancer treatment that would have saved his life while he opted for some snake oil treatment, and now he is dead, while Gates lives. talk of some imagination.

  • Andrew - 2011-10-31 09:31

    I have mentioned before that I sold 20% of my Apple shares when Jobs took ill, and a further 20% when he resigned as CEO, Over the last week I have divested myself of the remaining shares after seeing this 57 minute joint Google and Samsung press release. The phone talked about comes out in November, and is the forerunner of the Samsung S III which is due out in mid 2012 - and the S III is the one I will buy.

      Chris - 2011-10-31 09:51

      That's great but it seems Google will never get to creating an Android OS for PCs which is a great shame.

      therealunskinny - 2011-10-31 10:03

      @Chris: Chrome OS.

  • Washington - 2011-10-31 14:24

    I see more of Microsoft products than apple mac in the IT industry so to say Bill Gates was unimaginative is to miss the plot.In the communication arena (iphone) Jobs is the top dog. So basically here are two great minds whose technological contribution to humankind is astounding and will never be wished away moreso by the ever belligerent armchair ignoramuses aka media.

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