Steve Job’s should be remembered as one of America’s greatest leaders of industry. Apple’s fame and fortune is because of this great leader. Little known to most, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were not just competitors – they were friends.
I have been asked my views on the Apple vs. Microsoft question a million times. Here’s my personal view.
“It is the competition and ingenuity of both Apple and Microsoft that gives the consumer not only a choice, but the tools necessary to operate a successful enterprise. By listening to each of these creators and innovators and watching these companies go back and forth with technology over the last several decades, there is no clear winner in the IT world. Leaders such as these bring visions and dreams to the table. Today America lost an industry leader who through his perseverance never gave up and with his creativeness helped to transform the way we live our lives today. Companies today could and should learn from the way he lead Apple. Being a teacher, IT Manager and private consultant, it is my hope that America’s youth has the drive for ingenuity and creativity that Steve Jobs had.”
“To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different, it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.”
–Microsoft founder Bill Gates, 1984
“If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth–and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”
–Steve Jobs, 1996
Bill Gates’ note on Steve Jobs’ passing.
Make note of the final words by Steve Job’s during this interview below.
“And, you know, I think of most things in life as either a Bob Dylan or a Beatles song, but there’s that one line in that one Beatles’ song, “you and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.” ” And that’s clearly true here.” , Steve Jobs referring to his friendship with Gates….