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Jobs kept letter from Bill Gates by bedside, report reveals

updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri January 27, 2012

No war ever existed, says Gates

Former Microsoft head Bill Gates wrote Apple CEO Steve Jobs a letter shortly before the latter's death, according to a report from UK newspaper The Telegraph. "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," says Gates.

Gates insists that the letter was not peace gesture, despite the popular perception of Apple and Microsoft being arch rivals. "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," Gates claims. He notes, in fact, that after Jobs died, he received a call from Jobs' wife, Laurene. "She said; 'Look, this [Walter Isaacson] 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."

Gates has spoken publicly about Jobs several times since October. His comments have been almost uniformly positive, in spite of the criticisms exchanged between the two in the Isaacson biography. There Jobs called Gates "unimaginative," while Gates called Jobs "weirdly flawed as a human being."

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they were competitors

    not enemies.

  1. Jeff Simpson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Best We Can Be

    Bill Gates continues to impress me, growing more each year, becoming what I hope I will be some day - dignified, kind, thoughtful.. but probably not rich. Mr. Gates was wealthy; now he is becoming rich, too. May we all grow this way.

  1. ronmiller88

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mis-quoting Jobs again

    If you read Isaacson's biography closely, he says that Jobs thought that Gates was unimaginative, but the quote is that BILL GATES thought that Steve Jobs was "fundamentally odd" and "weirdly flawed as a human being".

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can't help it, and I respect Bill Gates, but everytime I hear something about him, I picture Jan Michael Vincent playing him in "Pirates of Silicon Valley" - his portrayal gave me the creeps.

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