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Jobs, Gates to take stage at WSJ's D5 in May

updated 02:25 pm EST, Tue February 20, 2007

Jobs, Gates at D5 in May

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference this May. The two seminal figures in the development of the personal computer will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Both executives have made multiple individual appearances at the conference, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year (and thus called 'D5'); however, this will be their first joint session at D, and a "highly unusual event," according to the WSJ press release.

In addition to participating in the joint session with Microsoft's founder Gates, Jobs will appear on his own in a separate segment at D5 to discuss the latest developments at Apple, including new ventures such as the iPhone and Apple TV. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will also appear at the conference in his own segment, to discuss Windows, Office, the Xbox, Zune, and other topics.

The D5 conference will also feature a roster of other leaders in technology and media. Confirmed speakers include Google CEO Eric Schmidt; CBS President Les Moonves; Cisco CEO John Chambers; film director George Lucas; online pioneer Steve Case; Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore; News Corp. President Peter Chernin; Palm founder Jeff Hawkins; and Steve Chen and Chad Hurley of YouTube.

Last year at D4, Bill Gates shared a sneak peek at Microsoft's next version of Office and Nicholas Negroponte gave attendees a first look at the working prototype of his low-cost computer for children in developing countries.

Like past editions of the conference, D5 will be an all-interview event, without canned speeches. The conference, which is sold out, will take place May 29-31 near San Diego, California.

If you plan on attending the conference, please drop us a line.




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  1. suhail

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    OMG!!

    Someone is gonna get hurt.

  1. eizzumdm

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get a Mac

    Jobs should introduce himself with "Hello, I'm a Mac."

    Then Gates would respond, "...and I'm a PC."

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    pffft…

    lol

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How do you spell

    TKO! I hope Jobs utterly humiliates that low life peasant and viral infection aka Bill Gates!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i love you steve

    Man I hope Bill totally smacks headJobs for being such a p**** and taking cheap shots at MS. As a matter of fact I hope Jobs just dies in a car accident on his way there. Less wanker in the world.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Guest

    and now you can WAKE UP and wipe yourself.

  1. pharmacopoeia

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    guest

    ok, Ballmer, we're on to you. go do your monkey dance somewhere else.

  1. phillymjs

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    two men enter...

    ...one man leaves! Two men enter! One man leaves! Two men enter! One man leaves!

  1. mobilemondaytoronto

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Jobs and Gates

    I think this will be an excellent opportunity for two men to speak about the digital revolution.

    I think Walt Mossberg did a great power play as he's reviewed Apple products for some time with very positive reviews.

    While I am strongly Apple-centric, you cannot ignore the Microsoft world. Even with challenges and/or complexity, they have been able to maintain marketshare and broad use of the products successfully on a global scale -- sure, this has come a great cost with IT departments.

    This would be an excellent opportunity for someone to attend, capture the event and put it on Google or YouTube. It would be a healhier discussion than perhaps, a Jobs v. Ballmer discussion. These guys have been 'friends' and 'enemies' for some time. So...you can't really be surprised about this one.

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