Steve Jobs and Bill Gates became close in the end

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates became close in the end
Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs were titans in the personal computing space. To get to that level generally takes a degree of competitiveness and confidence (read: ego) that can impact your relationships with others in your field. And so it was with Gates and Jobs for much of their careers, although their “complicated relationship” apparently has a happy ending.

The two weren’t always at one another’s throats – in the early days Apple and Microsoft they frequently worked together on projects, with Bill Gates famously pointing out that at one point Microsoft had more people working on the pre-release Macintosh than Apple did. But as their fortunes followed different paths, they often had less than kind things to say about one another.

Jobs frequently accused Gates of being “narrow and unimaginative”, and Microsoft of stealing Apple’s ideas. Gates on the other hand, once remarked that Jobs was a “weirdly flawed human being.” Upon Gates' departure from Microsoft that enmity seems to have subsided, to be replaced with a grudging respect that seems to have flourished into full-fledged friendship by the end.

Just last fall Gates was asked whether he was bothered by some of the quotes in the Steve Jobs biography that was published posthumously; Gates indicated no resentment at all, replying "We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of that bothers me at all." A new report by The Telegraph revealed that Gates wrote a personal letter to Jobs toward the end of his life. While going light on details Gates indicated that he told Steve how much he had to be proud of in his accomplishments, and also discussed Jobs' kids, who Gates had met with on several occasions.

While we may never know exactly what was communicated between the two in the letter, there can be little doubt as to the importance that Steve Jobs placed in it. After Jobs' death, his widow called Gates to let him know that the letter had meant so much to Steve that he’d kept it by his bed as the end drew near.

In this fiercely competitive world of mobile tech, where lawsuits, CEO commentary, and product enthusiasts often create more rancor than constructive dialog, it’s nice to know that two of the men who started it all were able to work out their differences before it was too late.

source: The Telegraph via TUAW



1. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Awwwwwww :)

10. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011


16. frankguillenjr

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2011


24. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i like gates . Steve was good as a technologist, but not very good as a human being, gates is better as a human being...

27. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

4th awwwwwwww

2. Croxy

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Nice story :)

3. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

When did English teachers stop teaching kids the difference between then and than..."than Apple did" not then. I think everyone that has graduated school within the last 15 years needs less text messaging and more Little Brown Handbook.

5. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

And that is what you came away with from this article. I think you have more problems than people who use than/then incorrectly

25. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Nope, just tired of all the poor spelling and grammar on here lately. That the two people know best for making money ruining the technology market are best buds is not news worthy or worth my time to begin with.

26. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

And yet you waste time to comment on it...twice. Got it.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its nice to know that Gates was man enough to reach out to Jobs to bury the hatchet.

21. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

now what exactly is there to thumb down in this comment? Some people are just plain stupid.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3628; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Time has a way of easing resentment where there is at least respect.

7. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I bet steve jobs thought his condition was contagious.

8. shelley.bevacqua

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Great story:-)

9. roflcopter

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Bill Gates is alive and Steve Jobs is dead. Who do you think is laughing last? Rofl@Steve.

11. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Are you really letting your feelings of a company dictate how you feel about a man? Laughing at a death is always messed up, no matter who it is. Grow up.

18. roflcopter

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

It has nothing to do with my feelings about Apple. I actually think Apple is a great company, and its products are exceptionally solid. However, nobody can really argue that Steve, well, was a douchebag during his life and while I don't think he deserved to die, I sure as crap ain't going to feel like he deserves my sympathy. As a human being, I think he was slime. What is his philanthropy record again? Oh, right. Practically non-existent. What's Bill Gates again? Quite a bit, really. And it's not exactly news that when Steve passed, Apple, as a whole, felt a lot less tense without his iron hand ruling over them. And how many times has PA or any other tech site posted an article about the crap he did or spewed? Too many to count.There's a laundry list of crap that Steve Jobs has done for and for that, I'm not going to give him any sympathy just because he died.

12. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I am sure you and me will be dead some day so I guess death will have the last laugh

13. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Two bad people Two ideas stealers Two small companies killers Two hated men Two monopolistic managers There are for sure to be friends

17. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

1 bad speller.

19. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

actually wait a minute 3 4 5 oh hell i lost count now.

14. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I need to hug a Kitten now

15. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

I actually enjoy reading how these two tech titans describe one another. I've always had a good laugh reading them.

20. Jericho unregistered

Well genius People are mental. Einstein was crack.

22. Venkat_5.uni

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

At the business level they had their differences but in their personal life they were good one knows whether it is true or not....but personally i agree...good story...

23. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Historic paralel; "Hitler and Mussolini became close in the end".

28. fuzzalicious

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Irony= Steve jobs dieing from PC

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless