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August 25, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Microsoft and Apple’s relationship – a brief round-up

Coming off of yesterday’s news of Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple, here are some stories involving Microsoft and Apple’s complex relationship over the years and what they have learned or could learn from each other.

  • In case you missed it, here’s CNET senior writer and former Seattle Times Microsoft reporter Jay Greene’s take on Bill Gates and Steve Jobs’ enemies/frenemies/on-again, off-again bromantic relationship over the years.
  • My colleague, Brier Dudley, writes about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs being among a handful of visionary computer enthusiasts in the 1970s who revolutionized the industry. Dudley has this nice anecdote about Gates and Jobs reminiscing during a conference in 2007: “‘I sort of look at us as two of the luckiest guys on the planet,” Jobs said to Gates. “We found what we love to do, and we were at the right place at the right time.'”
  • Todd Bishop at GeekWire, who watched Microsoft as co-founder and CEO Bill Gates stepped down from day-to-day running of the company, offers his advice to Apple, which finds itself in a similar situation now.

And, for our stroll down memory lane, here’s a video from Gates’ and Jobs’ appearance together at a D: All Things Digital conference in 2007:

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(Video of D 2007 from YouTube user AciaNetMedia)

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