Thursday, May 31, 2007

Free Article - WSJ.com

Free Article - WSJ.com: "CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Among the many barbs that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have traded over the years, perhaps none was as cutting as when the Apple Inc. CEO said that Microsoft Corp. had 'no taste' in a 1990s documentary. Embedded in that short remark were the vast differences between the two men and between their companies. Though they worked closely together in the early days of the personal computer industry, they soon diverged. Mr. Jobs built his fame as the father of elegant and tasteful consumer products such as the Macintosh computer and iPod music player. Mr. Gates earned a fortune building software for the general-purpose utility PC for businesses and homes, functional but arguably unexciting by comparison.
So it was especially significant that in a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference here this week, Mr. Gates said he'd 'give a lot to have Steve's taste.... The way he does things is just different, and I think it's magical.' In an exchange marked more by respect than rivalry, Mr. Jobs acknowledged Mr. Gates's role as a software pioneer and pointed to the deep history the two men have as the catalysts of an industry revolution that brought cheap, easy-to-use computers to the masses."

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