Bill Gates not bothered by Steve Jobs' comments about him in biography

Bill Gates not bothered by Steve Jobs' comments about him in biography
Bill Gates responded  on television to those seeking a comment from the Microsoft Chairman on how he was portrayed by Steve Jobs in the latter's biography written by Walter Isaacson. Gates said he was not bothered by Jobs' statement that he was "basically unimaginative" and "never invented anything... He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas." Of course, Gates is not totally without blame, as he spew forth some vitrol himself as he called the late Apple co-founder a "weirdly flawed human being."

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" and said that although Jobs did say some tough things about him, but also did say a lot of nice things as well. Talking about how both tech titans got to work together, Gates said about the comments in the biography, "We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of that bothers me at all."

Gates feels that Jobs considered Apple to be the good guys and Microsoft the bad guys and can even understand why Apple's former Chairman and CEO might have felt that way. Hew pointed out that Apple sold products with a price premium so high, there was a question of whether they could survive in the marketplace. Microsoft, on the other hand, sold high volume products at a range of prices which allowed them to work with many other companies.

The book revealed many confrontations between the two tech titans. According to Microsoft's chairman, whenever they tangled, Jobs would become emotional and angry while Gates says he himself would end up calming down.

source: ABCNews via AppleInsider

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34 Comments

1. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

"weirdly flawed human being" lol nice

11. ScrewTHAT

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

SJ sure went out like a little BI0tch... if only he kept his mouth shut and let idiots fantasize about their hero than it would've been better. Its like superman would complain about how batman could kick his A$$ anytime but don't really do just because

32. JeffdaBeat unregistered

We are all human and I don't understand why folks who love Steve Jobs are shocked at his flaws or the people who hate Apple pounce on his flaws as if they are perfect. Every human being in the history of the world has done something we can all frown at. Every single one. We can't treat Steve Jobs as if he is any different, whether you love or hate Apple.

2. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

he is being nice.

3. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

Why would he be bothered? This biography just seems to be thinly veiled mudslinging. First Schmidt, now this. Was Jobs just insulting anyone that competed against him?

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Because SJ wanted the last word.. what better way to have the final word than to talk a crap load of s**t in your biography and not release it till after he is dead.. conversation over. Basically, what little bit this blurb says, Gates is admitting that jobs 1)throws tantrums like a school child when he doesnt get his way 2)calls SJ a thief and unoriginal.. hard to argue there, iOS5 notifications.. 3) sees things in that black and white "with me or against me" crap.. like a SITH LORD!! :) 4) forgot that it was MS that saved his company's ass after his company REMOVED him from its helm because of how much of a D-Bag he was. Of course the idiots that removed him were actual idiots as they drove the company in the ground, forcing SJ's return and his begging of MS to buy a stake in his company to save it.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You need help. Your fanboy of hatred of a human being is over the top. You're ranting against Steve Jobs here while complaining he ranted against others. How hypocritcal of you. You can blame Steve Jobs of many things, but unoriginal is not one of them. He came up with a lot of unique ideas and designs. Can't wait till you're banned

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. you will never get me banned. especially since gallito stopped posting so much, you went back to the #1 troll spot. thumb me down all you want, all i did was quote the article and state HISTORICAL FACT.. lol its not my hatred, its your blind fanaticism.

20. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

There you go again taco that he had unique design , don't you mean copying and stealing designs

27. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

you suck really in every article spitting on the others and licking aple's ass

30. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

WHao there Taco! The guy stated wat was right and how SJ was. that, in my opinion, is not ranting against or complaining of SJ. same thing how SJ said about BILL GATES! in his book, which millions( if ppl buy) of ppl will read and it will stay there as a qouted and written proof. "sigh"

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The book was based on SJ's own words.

13. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Bill Gates has little reason to be sore. He got 80 to Jobs' 15, he got it a lot sooner, and he's still alive to spend it.Jobs no sooner got filthy rich than he got extremely sick and became extremely angry and bitter in spite of his wealth. He was more concerned with the millions others were earning than the billions in his treasury. There's a life lesson there somewhere.

4. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Last one stand .. so why bother SJ is a dead man

19. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

It's true. Bill Gates did beat him in the contest of who can live the longest. My money is on Ray Kurzweil!

5. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Good to see Gates take the high roads, smart for everyone to just take the high road.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

+5 can be +10 to Gates. it wouldnt both me either if I were Bill Gate nothing will be gain fifgt agianst from a comment. Steve always have this feeling about all his competitor anyway. other hand I could proud above my invention 2 but without his smary team his vision could be more like a fantasy. We might give one guy too much credit.

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I've been reading the biography. Steve Jobs was an emotional guy and would insult people pretty frequently. He also attacked his competitors quite a bit. Bill Gates did rip off quite a few of the things Apple was doing though. Pretty similar to what android is doing now.

14. ScrewTHAT

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm going to create a new name... something like "wannabeTACO50" just to bash on you- Just because of how lame and fruity you are

22. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

no need to do that he already 50 next you know he is gone! just let him be an ass when he still can! am i too harsh? :)

16. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Jobs was an insufferable ass. I'm not glad he's dead but I'm not surprised he's still spraying vitriol from beyond the grave. Gates was always wiser and more clever than jobs, which is why he struck gold thirty years ago in 1981 and has been at the top of his game since. Good years and bad, Gates has been the big dog of the OS and application world for all that time. Jobs has been the little dog, nipping at his heels. He finally found his own place where he could be king, but I don't think he ever got over lusting over what Gates had. Can you imagine what he thought when he saw Android coming? "Oh crap, another inferior product that's going to kick my ass because the world isn't fair". The truth is, the world is eminently fair. The problem with guys like Jobs is that he was never wise enough to see it.

12. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

There wouldn't even be an Apple if not for Bill Gates. SJ was a bigger di*k then I thought. He never invented anything either, Waz was the one who did all the heavy lifting in the beginning of Apple and Ive was the most recent innovator there. SJ just seemed to be the pitch man.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

SJ was the control freak behind the reigns.. he was not one of the idea horses that were pulling the carriage along. People like Taco give SJ infinite credit to SJ where it was not due, and spew vitrol at anyone that thinks otherwise. Woz was responcible for 90% of Apple's early success, and SJ's ego was responsible for its down fall. How bad do you have to be to have the company you created, boot you to the curb? SJ's biggest success to me was Pixar. But even the Pixar people say that all the movies we love so much like Cars would have never been made under SJ as it was not the direction he wanted to go. Like it or not, Taco it was Bill Gates that SAVED Apple by buying 25% of the company's stock at a premium, to give a newly returned SJ some capital to spend on new COMPANY ideas like the imac n such. Was SJ a good helmsan over all even with his severe negativity problem? Yea, absolutely. Was the reason the iphone was created and all that malarky? Nope, that would be some unanamed dude's idea down in Apple's tech department. Even other apple employees griped about how SJ would talk crap about their ideas and then turn around and pitch them to the investors as his own ideas. He was the ultimate thief and hippocrit.

15. ScrewTHAT

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

If SJ had found a new way to wipe his A$$ he would've patent that, but it's too bad he never invented SH1T himself.

21. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I always knew that SJ was an A$$ but now after reading and finding all this out, He seemed like an even bigger A$$, its amazing people like Taco50 give him infinate credit and say he was god of the Tech world

23. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I remember m$ was waiting the new versions of apple mac os to copy it as much as possible. M$ copied also the wallpaper... M$ blocked linux by forcing the computer manufacturers to use only windows

26. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Mac also stole from Windows, things like finder sidebar, Mac Path, Back and forth navigation in folders, Screen Sharing, Time Machine, Alt-tab function,and Terminal, were all windows features well before being made Mac features with a different name. Everyone uses ideas from everyone else, its the name of the game. Apple didn't grab it's share of the PC market by not doing most things that windows does.

29. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

OMG THEY COPIED THE WALLPAPER!? THE HORROR!!!!

24. rizky_p

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

I guess all the hatred and anger finally eating away his life. I heard when people get cancer anger is the last thing you want. I like Gates, he own a charity which is The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation which cares for other people and he put 50% of his money there last year(that is why he is not the richest man anymore). So we know where his money goes. I wonder what SJ does in his live that matters to other people that doesn't relate to profit?

25. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Jobs is dead. Gates wins. End of story.

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