Both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates will be remembered as two of the biggest tech luminaries of their time, long after both have passed on. Anyone who has seen Pirates of Silicon Valley will know how both Apple and Microsoft’s histories are deeply intertwined, and how closely – and often not – Jobs and Gates worked together.

Bill Gates

This long history is one of the reasons that Gates went to see Jobs at his home in California, shortly before his death.

The pair spoke about the past, how both had grown old and married their wives, and how the technology industry has changed over the last 30 years. They also discussed some of the current up and coming firms, presumably Facebook and Google were amongst them, and reflected on their own mortality.

He and I always enjoyed talking. He would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things. We’d talk about the other companies that have come along. We talked about our families and how lucky we’d both been in terms of the women we married. It was great relaxed conversation.

In an interview for Yahoo!, Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates speaks about that final meeting, and explains what Steve Jobs’ death means to him. It’s an interesting interview, and you can see Gates is clearly moved when thinking about his old friend, business partner and often enemy. The pair had a large impact on each other’s lives and it is clear that Jobs will be missed.

The video interview is well worth watching if you have an interest in how both Gates and Jobs interacted with each other, and it also serves as a reminder that while both often clashed in business, Gates clearly had a very real respect for what Jobs had accomplished – especially during his second spell with the company.

Check out the video below, sit back, and listen carefully, its somewhat moving. Despite years and years of professional conflicts, Bill really has a soft corner for Steve, and he has many reasons for it:

(source Yahoo!)

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