When Gates met Jobs

If you watched any of the dreadful Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul you will probably remember a series of sketches they did imagining Steve Jobs and Bill Gates meeting at a party. They are two of the biggest names in the industry, and haven’t appeared together on stage for more than 20 years. Steve Jobs company is running an advertising campaign lampooning key products of Bill Gates to the extent that PC magazines feel they have to run articles defending the PC. As a result how the two get on together is a subject of much speculation, especially as despite all of this, Microsoft is the largest developer of Mac software outside Apple.

With all the speculation, it is impressive that the D5 conference has managed to get the two men together on stage. The full session runs for well over an hour, and is available in seven parts with a prologue. If you don’t have that much time, check out the highlight reel which includes a number of gems and little snippets.

Steve Jobs also gave a solo interview – check out that video for a classic Jobs line when challenged with the point that via iTunes, Apple is one of the biggest Windows software developers…

“That’s right. … It’s like offering a glass of ice water to people in hell.�

Update: You can now get the entire session with Gates and Jobs as a single download from iTunes.

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