Fondatorul Microsoft si renumitul filantrop Bill Gates a fost invitat de curand la o discutie cu cei de la The Telegraph pentru a discuta despre relatia sa cu Steve Jobs. In ciuda aparentelor rivalitati dintre ei, Jobs si Gates au fost foarte buni prieteni in ultimii ani ai vietii lui Steve.
” Steve avea alte talente, era la fel de muncitor si concentrat pe ceea ce facea, credea ca tehnologia calculatoarelor poate fi folosita in moduri revolutionare. Punctul lui forte a fost perspectiva designului, nu partea de inginerie, si cu acest talent, cu aceasta viziune a dus compania Apple unde se afla astazi”, spune Bill Gates.
Gates a dezvaluit in interviu ca a trimis lui Jobs o scrisoare personala pe care acesta a pastrato langa patul sau pana in ultimele clipe.
Some months before Jobs died, Gates paid him a long visit. “We spent literally hours reminiscing and talking about the future.” Later, with his old adversary’s death imminent, he wrote to him. “I told Steve about how he should feel great about what he had done and the company he had built. I wrote about his kids, whom I had got to know.”
That last gesture was not, he says, conciliatory. “There was no peace to make. We were not at war. We made great products, and competition was always a positive thing. There was no [cause for] forgiveness.” After Jobs’s death, Gates received a phone call from his wife, Laurene. “She said; ‘Look, this biography really doesn’t paint a picture of the mutual respect you had.’ And she said he’d appreciated my letter and kept it by his bed.”
“Steve was an incredible genius who contributed immensely to the field I was in. We had periods, like the early Macintosh, when we had more people working on it than they did. And then we were competitors. The personal computers I worked on had a vastly higher [market] share than Apple until really the last five or six years, where Steve’s very good work on the Mac and on iPhones and iPads did extremely well. It’s quite an achievement, and we enjoyed each [other’s work].”
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