The highlight of the D conference in San Diego later this week will be a 75 minute session with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on stage at the same time. No one is suggesting the two will be making any announcements – the topic is “where consumer technology has been, and where it is going.” But this will certainly be a session that a lot of people will want to watch. I’m hoping that they make a video of the talk widely available.
The last time Bill and Steve were on stage together was at MacWorld in 1997, when Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple and announced plans to broaden its software offerings for the Apple platform. Steve Jobs was there in person; Bill Gates participated via satellite. A video of that session is here.
Bonus Archive Material:
Steve Jobs on Microsoft: “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste…they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product…they make really third rate products.”
Bill Gates on Apple: “To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different. It takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination…and the Macintosh of all the machines I’ve ever seen is the only one that meets that standard.”
Steve Ballmer on the iPhone: “It doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard.”