The strange love-hate relationship between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Competitors with visions

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

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

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

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