Bill Gates and Steve Jobs: both names bring an image of cut- throat rivalry between the two founders who gave the world Microsoft and Apple respectively. Their products are household names vying in quality, innovation and consumer loyalty. Off the media stage, these two software moguls are at once history’s greatest friends and enemies.
Four decades of both brands have seen the world progress to its present state- of- the- art technology, diversifying products as simple as a cellphone to 4G LTE experiences. And as deep as the competition seems to have run, in a recent interview after Jobs’ death, Bill Gates shared the highest respect he had for someone he considered a friend.
Rather critical of Microsoft’s former CEO, Jobs is renowned for his defamatory comments suggesting that Gates kept unethical standards, often resorting to stealing “other people’s ideas”. In his biography, Jobs also was sarcastic of the purpose behind Gates’ setting up of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is celebrating a decade of saving lives from diseases such as AIDS, concluding that the co-founder of Microsoft could never really invent technology and hence is now involved in social work.
Despite this, on learning that Jobs was ailing from a form of pancreatic cancer, Gates wrote and visited him. The two talked at length about work, family and the future. From his interview after Jobs death last October, it is clear that Gates has lost an immensely close friend and respected partner just as the world has lost a great inventor.
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