Bill Gates Opens Up On Steve Jobs, Apple, iBooks In Rare New Interview
In a new interview with ABC's Nightline, Microsoft pioneer Bill Gates opens up about his late longtime friend and tech rival Steve Jobs.
"It's very strange to have somebody who's so vibrant and made such a huge presence and been kind of a constant presence -- to have him die," Gates says in a rare interview. "And it's a huge milestone -- very sad not to have his talents ... very sad for his kids, whom I've gotten to know a little bit -- great kids. It makes you feel like: 'Wow, we're getting old,' and yet you look back and think about the great opportunities we had to have a big impact."
Gates admitted to last visiting Steve Jobs at home just weeks before his passing.
"He and I always enjoyed talking," Gates recalls of their last conversation. "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."
When asked about specific Apple initiatives and revolutionary technologies, Gates carefully danced around any gushing praise for Apple while still acknowledging the progress Apple is facilitating through iBooks and other ambitious educational endeavors.
"The idea of having personalized learning is now enabled by a lot of innovation on the Internet," Gates said. "Having good classes, having the teacher be able to look at where their students stand -- we're going to have technology on our side. It's early days."
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