As former CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates was not only a competitor but also a partner and one who shared a same vision as Steve. Shortly after the announcement of Steve's death, Gates sent a message of condolence to AllThingsD. He has mentioned that working with Steve was "an insanely great honor" and that he "will miss him immensely."
Below is what he wrote and a memorable video clip of Jobs and Gates at the D5 conference reminiscing about the past:
I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates together and reminiscing about the past...