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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    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Bill probably looked uncomfortable because he knew Melinda would kill him.

    (And yeah, she lets him go out like that. He actually dressed a lot worse before they started dating, though he was thinner then too).

      • Fighterpilot
      • 13 years ago

      Actually I thought Bill displayed the cool,relaxed demeanor of someone worth in excess of 50″Bill”.
      His ensemble,while lacking the “I wear a T-Shirt in the boardroom” insouciance of SJ,was somewhat more appropriate in an auditorium of industry professionals being conducted by the Wall St Journal.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 13 years ago

    Some funny moments and cool stuff in that interview despite the best efforts of that pathetic woman to ruin it….ugh shes a nightmare.

      • blastdoor
      • 13 years ago

      Yeah, she was an embarrassment.

      I thoroughly enjoyed the videos — it was pretty cool to hear those two guys talking about their past, which is also the past of the entire PC industry. It’s inconceivable that it’s been 30+ years…

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 13 years ago

    Did anyone else notice that they’re dressed like Mac Guy and PC Guy from the mac commercials? Gates doesn’t have a coat and tie, but he’s in dress clothes, and Jobs is pretty much in the exact same clothes as Mac Guy

      • derFunkenstein
      • 13 years ago

      art imitates life, not the other way around. Both have been dressing exactly that way publicly (in SJ’s case, in the same freakin shirt and jeans) for years.

        • SPOOFE
        • 13 years ago

        Life can imitate art; only with very shallow examples of life, o’course. 😀

    • alex666
    • 13 years ago

    I watched the limited “highlights” version and laughed a lot. Can’t wait to watch the entire thing when I get home. Two very impressive people, neither of whom I would ever want to debate. This probably is “must see TV” for most of the regulars here.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 13 years ago

    Ah, the secret is outed. So who is the wife?

      • Shinare
      • 13 years ago

      Has to be apple. Any computer company that comes out with pastel coloured computers has to be a girl at heart.

      • DrDillyBar
      • 13 years ago

      Gates obviously brings home the bacon in that relationship.

      • albundy
      • 13 years ago

      well, I think that Jobs would be the Biatch, cus he’s a vegetarian, and flaps his arms all the time when he speaks, and his company is weak. Bill-inda and his company walks over anyone in his path and is power hungry, which makes him the butch.

        • BiffStroganoffsky
        • 13 years ago

        All very good points but I have to wonder why Jobs allows Gates to go out in public dressed like he shopped at Goodwill.?. No good wife would ever let that happen to someone as much of a public figure as Bill.

          • pedro
          • 13 years ago

          Great stuff from #6.

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