Bill Gates si Steve Jobs au fost colaboratori pentru o buna perioada de timp inainte ca fostul CEO al Microsoft sa fure de la Apple ideea pentru o interfata de utilizator dedicata unul sistem de operare, insa aceasta nu este singura functie pe care Gates a preluat-o de la cei din Cupertino.
In cadrul unui interviu dat pentru un show radio al celor de la BBC, Bill Gates a fost rugat sa numeasca 8 melodii care au o semnificatie importanta pentru el, iar pentru a rezuma relatia dintre el si Steve Jobs melodia Two of Us a celor de la Beatles este cea mai potrivita.
Bill Gates a afirmat ca relatia sa cu Steve Jobs a fost extrem de complexa cu foarte multe momente tensionate, insa in final fostul CEO al Apple s-a bazat pe co-fondatorul Microsoft pentru a-si salva compania de la faliment, in ciuda multor critici ale fanilor.
Steve really is a singular person in the history of personal computing in terms of what he built at Apple. For some periods, we were completely allies working together – I wrote software for the original Apple II. Sometimes he would be very tough on you, sometimes he’d be very encouraging. He got really great work out of people.
“In the early years, the intensity had always been about the project, and so then [when] Steve got sick, it was far more mellow in terms of talking about our lives and our kids. Steve was an incredible genius, and I was more of an engineer than he was. But anyway, it was fun. It was more of a friendship that was reflective, although tragically then he couldn’t overcome the cancer and died.