Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and company co-founder and chairman Bill Gates, issued statements today following the death of Steve Jobs.
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”
“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
We’re also gathering other local reactions.
My colleague, Brier Dudley, has what Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said here.
And here’s a statement from Birger Steen, CEO of Renton-based Parallels, best known for its software that enables Windows to run on a Mac without rebooting:
“Steve Jobs was an innovator who inspired both employees and Apple partners to redefine industries, from technology to film and music, and to create new and magical customer experiences. Steve’s vision for and unique focus on the end user experience in every product carrying the Apple logo helped transform our everyday lives at home, at school and at work. The world will benefit from his contributions for generations to come.”
In the meantime, here’s a video of a joint appearance Gates and Jobs made together at an All Things Digital conference in 2007.
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(All Things Digital D5 conference video from YouTube user ftbotsb)