“Microsoft’s Bill Gates had some words of praise today for Steve Jobs, the CEO of arch-rival Apple,” Alex Crippen reports for CNBC.
Crippen reports, “David Matthews of Columbia Executive Business school had this question for Bill Gates: ‘If you could just comment and tell us what your thoughts are on the job Steve Jobs has done as the CEO of Apple?'”
Gates replied: Well, he’s done a fantastic job. Apple is in a bit of a different business where they make hardware and software together. But when Steve was coming back to Apple, which was actually through an acquisition of NeXT that he ran, Apple was in very tough shape. In fact, most likely it wasn’t going to survive. And he brought in a team, he brought in inspiration about great products and design that’s made Apple back into being an incredible force in doing good things. And it’s great to have competitors like that. We write software for Apple, Microsoft does. They compete with Apple. But he, of all the leaders in the industry that I’ve worked with, he showed more inspiration and he saved the company.
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MacDailyNews Take: There’s nothing untrue in that statement from Gates. The video reminds us of this one:
Direct link via YouTube here.
Before we all set sail on the sea of love, let’s not forget that Bill Gates is a liar currently trying to buy his way into heaven with ill-gotten gains. More on that here.
And let us never forget that just after Apple introduced the original iMacs in various colors Bill Gates proclaimed, “The one thing Apple’s providing now is leadership in colors. It won’t take long for us to catch up with that, I don’t think.”
In a similar vein, Gates has also been quoted as saying, “There’s nothing that the iPod does that I say, ‘Oh, wow, I don’t think we can do that.'”
As Microsoft’s current product lineup attests, they still haven’t caught up to Apple in personal computers or operating systems and are now far behind in personal media players, digital hub software, and smartphones, too.
[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]