Steve Jobs, Bill Gates face off

At the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates met on stage in a rare occurrence for a round of questions and discussion about the past, present, and future of their respective companies. In the discussion, which was moderated by WSJ columnist Walt Mossberg and WSJ tech reporter Kara Swisher, Gates and Jobs discussed Apple and Microsoft’s ties and reminisced in a largely friendly atmosphere, although subtle (and not so subtle) sarcasm found its way into the discussion on a regular basis.

The folks at Gizmodo have amassed a set of streaming videos that cover the interview in its entirety, and those videos can be accessed here. Highlights from the discussion include Swisher asking the two men what they believed to be the greatest misunderstanding about their relationship, to which Jobs replies, “We’ve kept our marriage secret for over a decade now,” generating laughs from the audience and palpable discomfort from Gates.

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