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Walt Mossberg Recalls the Only Steve Jobs-Bill Gates Joint Interview from 15 Years Ago

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Industry tech journalist veteran Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) on Sunday reminisced about the only onstage interview industry giants Steve Jobs and Bill Gates ever did together. It has now been 15 years since the Apple founder and Microsoft creator were onstage together.

The interview was conducted at an All Things Digital conference back in 2007 by Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

Mossberg, a former The Wall Street Journalist columnist and ex-executive editor at The Verge, described the interview as “the highlight” of his onstage interviewing career. The veteran reporter retired back in 2017.

It has been over 10 years since the passing of Jobs. Since taking over from Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook has grown the company into a global goliath that made history as the world’s first company to break $3 trillion USD in market value. However, as we all know quite well by now, all of it started with Steve Jobs and Co. in one California garage.

Gates, on the other hand, stepped down as chairman of Microsoft’s board of directors in 2020. He has since focused on philanthropy and his climate change and global health efforts.

Both pioneers have left their marks on the world, and both are today celebrated as the progenitors of personal computing.

Jobs and Gates “reluctantly” allowed a photographer at the event to capture a formal portrait of the pair, which Mossberg shared in a follow-up tweet.

Mossberg said Jobs ended the interview with a line from The Beatles’ Two of us, saying “You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.”

Six Colors‘ Jason Snell, who was in the audience at the 2007 event, also shared his view of the interview.

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