Talk-show host Charlie Rose scored an insightful interview with Microsoft founder Bill Gates who, among other things, expressed deep admiration for the late arch-rival (and friend), Steve Jobs.
Commenting on remarks made by author Malcolm Gladwell with regard to the legacy of Steve Jobs, Gates piqued, “I don’t think anybody does the work they do based on how they think they’ll be remembered.”
“Steve Jobs did phenomenal work, both when I partnered with him and when Microsoft competed with him and that deserves to be remembered,” said Gates, suggesting he disagreed with Gladwell, who had said that the world would forget Jobs, and remember Gates.
Of the two pioneers of the personal computer, Gates survived Jobs and can continue to affect the world for better or worse, whereas Jobs’ legacy stops on October 5th, 2011, some would argue.
But that’s fundamentally wrong, as the mercurial Jobs has contributed to the tech industry enough to be remembered for as long as our species uses gadgets and gizmos.
And while Gates has his philanthropical ventures to tend to, Jobs’ mission has never been to do charity, but to offer people the best solutions for work environments, education and, of course, entertainment.
You could say they both tackled the same problem using different approaches. And Gates seems to agree.
That doesn’t mean he’s always right. For instance, Gates has been quoted as saying that tablets like the iPad will never work well in classrooms, “where you don't have keyboard-type input.”
“I mean, students aren't there just to read things,” he said. “They're supposed to actually be able to write and communicate, and so this is a lot more in the PC realm.”
Gates believes tablets can be used to reduce the workload, at most.