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In the early '80s, Jobs flew up lớn Washington khổng lồ sell Gates on the possibility of making Microsoft software for the táo bị cắn Macintosh computer, with its revolutionary graphical user interface. Gates wasn't particularly impressed with what he saw as a limited platform — or Jobs' attitude.

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Steve Jobs, chairman of the board of táo bị cắn dở Computer, leaning on the new Macintosh personal computer following a shareholder's meeting in Cupertino, California. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

"It was kind of a weird seduction visit where Steve was saying we don't really need you & we're doing this great thing, & it's under the cover. He's in his Steve Jobs sales mode, but kind of the sales mode that also says, 'I don't need you, but I might let you be involved,'" Gates later said.


Still, Gates appeared alongside Jobs in a 1983 video clip — a "Dating Game" riff — screened for táo bị cắn dở employees ahead of the Macintosh's launch. In that video, Gates compliments the Mac, saying that it "really captures people's imagination."


Microsoft & Apple worked hand-in-hand for the first few years of the Macintosh. At one point, Gates quipped that he had more people working on the Mac than Jobs did.

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Their relationship, already kind of rocky, fell apart when Microsoft announced the first version of Windows in 1985. A furious Jobs accused Gates và Microsoft of ripping off the Macintosh. But Gates didn't care — he knew that graphical interfaces would be big, & didn't think táo had the exclusive rights lớn the idea.

Besides, Gates knew full well that apple took the idea for the graphical interface from the Xerox PARC labs, a research institution they both admired.

When Jobs accused Gates of stealing the idea, he famously answered: "Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at it. I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox & I broke into his house to lớn steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

Bill Gates, right, chairman & founder of Microsoft Corp., watches a video presentation prior to giving the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Washington Software Association in Seattle, Wash., Jan. 28, 1992. Looking on is Paul Grey, president of Softchec, Inc. Of Kirkland, Wash. Jim Davidson/AP

Source: "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

From there, the gloves were off between the two founders. "They just ripped us off completely, because Gates has no shame," Jobs once said. To which Gates replied: "If he believes that, he really has entered into one of his own reality distortion fields."

Jobs thought that Gates was a stick-in-the-mud, far too focused on business. "He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to lớn an ashram when he was younger."