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Jobs and Gates focus on shared past and legacy in historic joint appearance


The interview of the decade -- at least in tech circles -- ended up being far more altruistic and sentimental than any of us anticipated. Make no mistake, the joint interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D: All Things Digital conference on May 30, 2007, will likely be quoted by pundits, columnists, and scholars for years, maybe even decades.

Recap

It lasted over an hour and the two iconic techies touched on a wide variety of topics, including the work Apple and Microsoft did together on the original Macintosh, the Mac/Windows rivalry, Jobs' return to Apple from exile, the perception of their own tumultuous relationship, Apple's Mac guy vs. PC guy commercials, the past, the future, and a little bit of everything in between, including each commenting on the contributions of the other to the industry.

Both were very gracious and humble toward each other throughout the interview, which hasn't often been the case in the past, at least in their public comments toward each other's work. The contrast was especially stark for Jobs, who can never seen to resist making snarky digs at Microsoft. The graciousness shown during this joint appearance seemed to reveal the fact that the two of them do like each other personally and have great respect for each other professionally.

Watch the video

I have posted the eight-minute highlight reel of the Jobs-Gates interview. If you'd like to watch the entire interview, here are links to the prologue and the unabridged interview, which is broken up into seven parts:

Commentary

Your take

How surprised were you that Gates and Jobs were so gracious? What do you think was the most significant part of this interview? How important do you think Jobs and Gates have been in the technological revolution? Join the discussion.

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

2 comments
joshfutch
joshfutch

Well, I always believe that instead of being in competition always, it'll loose out steam. The world is a better place if we can share the knowledge and expertise. Look at what happened to Bluecoat / Packeteer too. Any footage on that? :)

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Here's the original blog post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=493 How surprised were you that Gates and Jobs were so gracious? What do you think was the most significant part of this interview? How important do you think Jobs and Gates have been in the IT revolution?