“Each January, Bill Gates addresses the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, outlining Microsoft’s plans for new products. Around the same time, Steve Jobs addresses Mac users at the San Francisco Macworld Expo,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted.
“The difference between the two speakers and what they present in their keynote presentations is further apart than the 570 miles that separate the two cities,” Eran writes.
Eran writes, “Even Microsoft’s official cheerleader Paul Thurrott says ‘[Gates’] keynote addresses are typically boring, droning affairs, though they always draw a standing-room crowd.’ In contrast, the media not only compares Jobs’ Apple events to rock concerts ad naseum, but Jobs frequently presents major artists in concert on stage.”
“Many Macworld Keynote attendees actually leave after Jobs stops talking and the free concert begins! Jobs isn’t just a better speaker; the real difference is that what he presents actually matters,” Eran writes.
“Since 2000, Jobs has presented a steady stream of new products that have resulted in billions of dollars in profits; Gates announcements have nearly all ended up as either vaporware or major money losers,” Eran writes. “To clarify just how embarrassing Microsoft’s efforts to create consumer products have been, here’s a comparison of recent Microsoft announcements at CES next to Apple product releases at the January Macworld Expo.”
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Battle of the Keynotes: Apple’s Steve Jobs vs. Microsoft’s Bill Gates – January 13, 2007