The former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, during an interview with The Telegraph revealed how he and Steve Jobs became two competitors after initially working on the same project during the Macintosh days.
Bill Gates also described Steve as an “incredible genius“ and spoke about how he increased the Mac’s market share with the competition from Microsoft’s PC platform…
“I told Steve about how he should feel great about what he had done and the company he had built. I wrote about his kids, whom I had got to know…There was no peace to make. We were not at war. We made great products, and competition was always a positive thing. There was no [cause for] forgiveness.”
“Steve was an incredible genius who contributed immensely to the field I was in. We had periods, like the early Macintosh, when we had more people working on it than they did. And then we were competitors. The personal computers I worked on had a vastly higher [market] share than Apple until really the last five or six years, where Steve’s very good work on the Mac and on iPhones and iPads did extremely well. It’s quite an achievement, and we enjoyed each [other’s work]….He spent a lot of his time competing with me. There are lots of times when Steve said [critical] things about me. If you took the more harsh examples, you could get quite a litany.
The whole interview is something definitely worth reading if you are interested to know the relationship Steve and Gates shared. And ya we even know that Steve worked on his last major project which is the iPhone 5 until the day before he died.