Bill Gates Sent A Letter To Steve Jobs Before He Passed Away
One of the most common questions which people ask whenever they interview Bill Gates (founder and ex-CEO of Microsoft) is about his relationship with Steve Jobs. Yes they were in competition and they had ups and down in business but both of them had respect for each other and their work in the field. In an interview with The Telegraph, Bill Gates answered the very same Bill-Steve relationship question. He said that their relationship changed from time to time, they were working on the same project in early days and later they become fierce competitors, so it had some good and bad periods.
He also mentioned about a letter which he wrote to Steve Jobs before he passed away last year in October.
“I told Steve about how he should feel great about what he had done and the company he had built. I wrote about his kids, whom I had got to know…There was no peace to make. We were not at war. We made great products, and competition was always a positive thing. There was no [cause for] forgiveness.”
He also talked about a phone call he got from Steve Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell in which she clarified that Walter Isaacson’s biography did not accurately depict the mutual respect between the two
“She said: ‘Look, this biography really doesn’t paint a picture of the mutual respect you had.’ And she said he’d appreciated my letter and kept it by his bed.”
He also talked about Steve’s work and achievements in his life and in the field of computers.
“Steve was an incredible genius who contributed immensely to the field I was in. We had periods, like the early Macintosh, when we had more people working on it than they did. And then we were competitors. The personal computers I worked on had a vastly higher [market] share than Apple until really the last five or six years, where Steve’s very good work on the Mac and on iPhones and iPads did extremely well. It’s quite an achievement, and we enjoyed each [other’s work]….He spent a lot of his time competing with me. There are lots of times when Steve said [critical] things about me. If you took the more harsh examples, you could get quite a litany.
Yes Steve Jobs said some really critical things about Bill Gates on several occasions but he always believed that Microsoft are the pioneers of software industry and Steve in his famous interview with Bill Gates mentioned that Microsoft did something unique back in the days.