The strange love of hate between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Competitors with visions

Their already rocky relationship broke down when Microsoft announced the first version of Windows in 1985, which also had a graphical user interface. An angry job accused Gates and Microsoft of betraying the Macintosh. But Gates didn’t care – he suspected the graphic screens would come out big, and didn’t think Apple had the exclusive rights to the idea.

Moreover, Gates knew only too well that Apple had adopted the idea for the graphical user interface only from the Xerox PARC labs, a research facility that both admired.

When Jobs accused Gates of stealing the idea, he replied, “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one perspective on it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor called Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV and found out you had already stolen it.”

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