What Bill Gates Has Said About Steve Jobs Through the Decades

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Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have been competitors and friends for decades. Here's a look at some of the things Gates has said about Steve Jobs through the years.

"During 1984 Microsoft expects to get half of its revenue from Macintosh software." --- Gates appearance at an Apple event in 1983.

"To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different, it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard." --- 1998, as quoted three years ago in an AllThingsD interview.

"I wish I had Steve's taste. In people and product. It's magical." --- in the AllThingsD interview.

"Steve is going to introduce his transporter." --- Gates' response in the AllThingsD interview when asked what products will appear in the next five years.

"What I can't figure out is why he (Steve Jobs) is even trying (to be the CEO of Apple)? He knows he can't win." --- 1998 interview with I. Cringley for a Vanity Fair article.

"He never turns it off. He's always pushing." --- quoted in the book Gates by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews.

"It's okay." --- Gates' response to what he thought of the iPad, when questioned by Phil Bronstein in the Huffington Post.

"There are very things that are on the banned list in our household, but iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids." --- Melinda Gates, Bill Gates' wife, in 2009, according to the Telegraph.

"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." --- from the gatesnotes site, October 5, 2011

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