Washington: Microsoft founder Bill Gates coolly parried some harsh
criticism from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, in an interview with
ABC television, saying their professional rivalry was positive.
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 yesterday 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
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
Jobs lost his years-long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 earlier this month.
First Published: Monday, October 31, 2011, 11:10