Thursday, May 31, 2007
Gates and Jobs - Strange bedfellows come together
Having Microsoft chairman Bill gates and Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the same place for a public conversation is like a solar eclipse, it is a very rare event.
The two tech originals came together at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference this year and spoke about the future of the digital evolution.
Apple and Microsoft have worked together for years, but that has never stopped the Mac vs PC debates. Microsoft Office has always been available for the Mac, and several years ago Microsoft pumped US $150m into Apple to help it stay in business.
Bill Gates became a billionaire at the age of 31, making him the youngest self-made billionaire in history. His personal fortune now exceeds US$46 billion.
The philosophy of these two geeks sharing the stage could be: keep your friends close but keep your enemies even closer.