updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri January 27, 2012
No war ever existed, says Gates
Former Microsoft head Bill Gates wrote Apple CEO Steve Jobs a letter shortly before the latter's death, according to a report from UK newspaper The Telegraph. "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," says Gates.
Gates insists that the letter was not peace gesture, despite the popular perception of Apple and Microsoft being arch rivals. "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," Gates claims. He notes, in fact, that after Jobs died, he received a call from Jobs' wife, Laurene. "She said; 'Look, this [Walter Isaacson] biography really doesn’t paint a picture of the mutual respect you had.’ And she said he’d appreciated my letter and kept it by his bed."
Gates has spoken publicly about Jobs several times since October. His comments have been almost uniformly positive, in spite of the criticisms exchanged between the two in the Isaacson biography. There Jobs called Gates "unimaginative," while Gates called Jobs "weirdly flawed as a human being."