Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer react to Steve Jobs death

By Tom Warren, on 6th Oct 11 6:07 am with 50 Comments
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO, passed away on October 5, aged just 56.

The world has been sharing its reactions to a truly incredible individual. Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and Chairman, shared the following statement:

“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 Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, shared the following statement:

“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

Both Gates and Ballmer’s words mirror an industry reaction to a man that has changed the world. It’s with the deepest regret that I’m reporting his untimely death after just 56 years. My thoughts go out to Steve’s family and friends. Rest in peace Steve Jobs, a genuine legend.

  • Drewk93

    Now is the time when I will set aside the technological battle and pay a tribute to a successful and creative man, and a live well lived.
    Rest In Peace, Steve. May his family have comfort.

  • Drewk93

    Crap. Life**

  • http://twitter.com/abhi1manyu Abhimanyu Jamwal

    for all the media and the tech world made out of relations between bill and steve, one thing is clear, they had imense respect for eachother and where always helping eachother, weather it was bill investing in apple during there worse times or jobs saying that he secretly married bill 10 years ago at there famous interview. They both are the two most important people that changed the world, Bill Gates can never be Steve Jobs and Steve Jobs can never be Bill Gates but together they created the 21st century

    • Sxc019

      Well said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/luis3007 Luis E. Padilla

      Well said!!! I am no fan of Apple due to their overpriced products and the fact that people buy them to show off more than anything else, but Job’s work truly improved life for the general public in many ways. His death is a real shame and he will be missed!!

    • Anonymous

      I concur. I do not own a single Apple product but no one can deny the legacy that he has left behind.

  • Anonymous

    A true legend.

  • mr odonata

    R.I.P. Steve…

    • Bilal

      I respect every creative person for making our live so meaningfull, I do not own any Apple product but I do know that Steve Jobs the one who always find new ideas and the rest follow, Great Job Steve rest in peace and I wish I can be someone like you who think for others not for them self, to all apple fans thanks for your support without you guys Apple is nothing.

  • Anonymous

    he was a great man, rest in peace.

  • Mrhouses

    Sin duda alguna Murió una mente brillante pero nos deja un legado …Revoluciono la forma de interactuar con la tecnología..!

  • Anonymous

    Most of us that visit WinRumors are Microsoft fans but all of us are fans of technology and innovation.  Jobs impact on technology and innovation will be missed.  A great visionary and genius was lost but so was a husband, a father and a friend.  Despite his legend he was still a human and the lives he touched personally are the ones I feel the deepest sadness for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Garcia/100000361221634 Jesse Garcia

    If not Steve, Then who? Big shot to the tech world. His presence will be missed. He helped create the 21st century for sure. Well said Abhimanyu Jamwal.

    • Anonymous

      Stop the hyperbole. Did Jobs invent the RDBMS or computing? NO, stop the stupid idol worship. He invented the friggen iPhone, whoop-dee-doo.

    • Anonymous

      So you claim Steve Jobs isn’t more “special” than you are? Pathetic. Steve Jobs did change our lives, face it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricardo-Dawkins/746307628 Ricardo Dawkins

      Changed your live, not everyone. There are 6+ billions people on this rock. Do you think some overpriced PC and gimmicky iDevices helped someone in Burma get clean water and such?

    • Anonymous

      @facebook-746307628:disqus He changed our lifes, not everyone’s life. With “our”, I mean the more evolved people on this rock, the people who use and are influenced by today’s technology.

    • Grs_dev

      He did not change my life. He changed his own life and the lives of many who worked for him or used to work for him. Some for the better and a lot for the worse. Sure some people bought his products but that’s the mark of a really good salesperson! The CEO of a company should be its best salesperson.

      I respect Steve Job as a marketer and a salesperson, Yes. However, As a business person he was just in the right place at the right time later on in his career. Early on he was kicked out because what he was saying and doing was total rubbish! It didn’t make sense because, it actually was flawedd logic not because he was a visionary!

      I don’t respect him as a human being. Respectable humans don’t abandon their children. I guess his daughter forgave him and they kissed and made up but my opinion is mine. On a different level he accumulated an immense wealth and chose to not part with any of it for good will. Respectable human beings try to leave an eternal legacy if they could. He could have. His legacy will be as fresh and as long as the relevance of his products.

      I don’t respect him as a technologist. He’s not one. Just like Steve Ballmer is not a technologist either. He sold technology he never, even in back in the days of just him and Wozz, Steve did not get into the actual techy stuff. Wozz did all the actual tech work. Bill Gates and Paul Allen actually wrote code!!

      I don’t respecet him as a visionary. He’s not one, all the ideas people wanna give him credit for were either born elsewhere (such as xerox according to him) or remakes of previous implementations. Sure they were better but nothing new!

      There used to be a company called BASF and their slogan was that they don’t make most of the things we use they just make them better. It was sort of a play on words. I think of that slogan whenever I think of Steve Jobs.

      When on stage with Bill Gates in D5 Steve Jobs turns to Bill and says something to the effect of this [as in the tech race] was never about the richest guy in the graveyard. Ironically he will go into the graveyard remembered for making apple the highest valued company in the world. His wealth for all we know is all left behind. And while Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and others redirect their wealth to make the world a better place. Steve Jobs may have very well entered the graveyard as just that…

      I say that with all due respect to a dead human and I mean no offense to anyone and especially to his family. But let’s not twist facts just because a man has died.

    • Technobyte

      Always ‘nice’ to see that some people are unable to hide their lack of respect even for the deceased, and the people touched by them.

      And if you have to respond, do so with knowledge of facts. The Apple Macintosh was the first mainstream computer with a graphical interface… and without it, your current windows desktop would prolly look completely different. Although I’m not a Mac-fan, nor user, Apple has always been a leader in product innovation, productstyling and marketing.

    • Grs_dev

      Mainstream? I guess you’re going to need to define Mainstream for me at least!

      How many Apple computers with that first GUI were sold? For someone who asks others to get the facts straight, you sure exempt yourself!

  • Anonymous

    Another death of a man with an innovative mind and creativity beyond our comprehension. May he rest in peace and forever be remembered for what he was.

  • Anonymous

    Jobs and Gates were like yin and yang. What an incredible show they gave us for the past 30 years. Jobs will be missed.

    • Anonymous

      Gates had class.

    • Technobyte

      Didn’t know that Bill died as well… or has he lost his class somewhere along the way? You seem a pretty frustrated person, with your bully remarks. Compared to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs lacked no class whatsoever, always the first to share his enthousiasm about new products with the public.

    • BigJon

      Your comment implies that Bill has less class than Steve, a completely untrue characterization. 

    • Guest

      Let’s separate what the accomplished from the men themselves. Both could be world class pricks. Both have had dozens of ex colleagues describe them as assholes. Steve was much better as maintaining a positive external persona, especially early on. Gates has lately gotten much better.

      Regardless of their personal foibles, both were world class visionaries and had a impact that few ever had.

      I’m not going to Lionize Steve Jobs. But I deeply respect what he accomplished.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah right, I really believe Ballmer is upset by this.

    • Anonymous

      I think everyone is upset by this news, even Ballmer. We’re still humans, after all.

    • TechnoByte

      It’s called, paying your respect to an innovator and respected collegae/competitor.  But it looks like respect is not in your dictionary.

    • Guest

      How did I know you’d be the only dumbass?

  • Anonymous

    Requiescat In Pace

  • Xe

    Vila i frid

  • http://arukun14.com Tim Fangon

    Just comes to show that we’re all still human beings…. :(

    Jobs will be missed. I’m no fan of Apple myself, but he still made great influence in the industry, no matter what. When I heard that he passed, I could not do anything at all… only shed a tear or two.

    RIP Steve. Silicon Valley will not be the same without you.

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    What sad news. It’s the end of an era. To think, Apple started out in his garage, and almost faded into obscurity before he led the corporation’s renaissance — spearheaded by iPod, iPhone and of course more recently the iPad. Wow.

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs have done so many things that none of us was able to do. Jobs is resting in peace, away from this world, away from families and friends, and not to mention away from “Patent Wars”. 

    May he & his family be granted with happiness & success here and hereafter. 

  • Soulja3

    Da Vinci and Michelangelo
    Ford and Edison
    Jordan and Pippen
    Gates and Jobs
    We await the next gret duo. RIP Steve

  • http://www.mainstreetchatham.com/ JimmyFal

    There is no debating this. I wish our worthiest competitor clearest of vision on his greatest journey ahead, and something tells me he is not resting in peace, but trying to come up with a better way to do just that. :(

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit, my first reaction to the news was to think of a dick fan boy joke about the new iPhone boring him to death.  But as time went on, I am actually really sad now.  It really is the end of an era in computers.  With Gates retired and Steve gone, their saga has come to a close.  Say what you will about Steve and Gates but they brought a lot of personality to this industry which I think may have actually accelerated the explosive computer adoption by society.  Seriously, imagine of the likes of IBM and Xerox had lead the computer revolution.  No vision = boring!  You will be missed Steve, even by us critics.

    • Grs_dev

      Look if patent laws that exist today existed back in the 80s, Steve Jobs would have left this life a nobody! The reality is that Steve figured out how to sell something to the average user that was originally engineered to serve a different purpose. His slogan even says it clearly! “Think Different”. Not an iDevice in every hand. Not an apple product in every home. If you pay attention you’ll see it…

      It’s like finding out that a blood pressure medication can give men an erection. Pfeizer accidentally discovered viagra. Steve Jobs is to technology what Pfeizer is to men with ED. It’s great stuff sure. But not what he set out to do.

      Some of you will get the analogy and some will not. It’s OK either way.

  • Anonymous

    This guy is a victim, or beneficiary of the media madness in the media. I am not supposed to critisize someone uppon his death, but the media reporting about him is largely nonfactual.

  • Anonymous

    The apple chewed first by Steve will remain only chewed once..thats it..

  • Jim

    Although I’m not a MAC or Linux fanboy, I still admire what he and the Linux folks have done for the industry as without them, there would be no reason to be MS to be competitive.  I hope this competion will live on in Steve Jobs’ legacy.

    R.I.P Steve Jobs

  • Grs_dev

    Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer are classy individuals.

    Farewerll Steve. I just hope that when my time comes you don’t have everyone convinced that iPurgatory is actually a good place to be :)

  • Well Balanced

    The lack of respect for a man who has passed away is disgusting. I don’t care how you defend it, it still is. His family and close friends are grieving over his death and you’re all willing to put him down? Try losing someone that you love. You’ll want to punch whoever is talking bad about him, in the face.

    Whether you love or hate Apple, then man did push technology forward. No he didn’t create the phone, tablet or music player. But he damn well perfected it and changed entire industries and how they run.

    Without him, we would not be where we are today, and you can’t deny that. He saw what could be done with this amazing technology when others were just messing around with it for fun. He brought the mouse and the GUI to everyone, made the computer easy to use. He did change the world, regardless of whether or not you even own an Apple product.

    The fact that some of you are bickering, complaining, and trolling this article is pathetic and I really hope that you one day grow up and mature. Maybe then you’ll respect the fragility of life, and the difficulty of losing someone.

    And for the ones judging him on his personal life, how dare you. Who the hell are you to judge the man? We are all human, we all make mistakes. Furthermore, Jobs kept his personal life extremely private. How do you know whether or not he donated money to charities or causes? That’s the thing, you don’t. He said his goal wasn’t to be the richest man in the graveyard and it wasn’t. He didn’t care how much money he had, he cared about improving technology. That’s what you’re all missing. He could have at 30 dollars or 30 billion dollars. He didn’t care!

    I was really hoping to see some class on this article, but this is the internet, and its where some of the most pathetic low lives go to seem important.

    Here is to someone who did change the world.
    You will be missed.
    R.I.P Steve Jobs.

    • Grs_dev

      @505927cf1f6febc6c3cf4ef4a4660372:disqus your post was fair minus the name calling and the finger pointing. This is a public forum and we do live in a free country (well I do. I don’t know about you). Setting the record straight is not the same as being disrespectful so please don’t confuse the 2. 

      First things first. The man is dead. I continue to offer my sincerest condolences to his family. I have lost loved ones and it’s never easy.

      About how could I or someone else judge him based on what he did or didn’t give to charity. It’s simple. You can argue opinions but you can’t argue facts and the facts are:

      He ordered all philanthropic programs at apple be stopped. Apple prior to that was the largest contributor to project(RED).

      While other billionaires and leaders of his era made it a point to demonstrate to the world that it IS NOT about the richest man in the graveyard, the late Steve Jobs simply seemed more interested in the rhetoric.

      Regarding his contributions to the world on a technology level:

      Without him we would have still have had virtually everything we have today technologically and otherwise. I don’t subscribe to the idea that this man made us the civilized society that we are. He was someone who observed and executed among many others. Did he do a good job at marketing his versions of the advancements, sure. Was his vision the only one? No! It wasn’t even the most dominant one. It was a good one nevertheless. 

      In fact history will most likely show his contributions (from Lisa to the Mac to Newton to the iPad) as a tiny dot on the timeline of humanity where as advancements in other areas of technology such as space explorations, even at a smaller scale social media and the world wide web among many others will occupy the larger part of the historical sphere.

      You talk about how without him we wouldn’t have the mouse, or the GUI and many other things we take for granted today. I disagree. He himself never took credit for those things. It’s those among us who insist on giving him credit for these things that I speak to when I post. Do not give the man credit for things he clearly said he didn’t do. I would even venture to say that Steve Jobs himself would laugh at some of the comments people are making of how he changed our lives. If he was as smart as I think he was he should.

      Regarding his character. It is very well documented. The way he handled his first born situation. The way he handled his relationship with his biological parents. So on and so forth.

      Look we all have a certain period of time on this earth to leave our marks. If you want to condone the idolizing of Steve Jobs, that’s you’re choice. I simply choose to take into my consideration his entire body of work while he was alive not just the products he sold. You and others want to simply anoint him as the messiah just because you want to give him credit, regardless of whether it is right or wrong, he gave you a mouse, or a gui or a music player. I look at him as Steve Jobs the man, the son, the father, the husband, the business person, the friend, the salesperson, and most importantly the leader. Then I form my opinion.

    • Plus

      You ignorant swine.

    • Anonymous

      I am amazed I can invoke such an emotion in you Plus. I see you don’t disagree with anything I say however.

    • Zbrohrer

      Oh excuse me! I didnt realize YOU grew up with Steve Jobs by your side and knew EXACTLY every little thing he did and didnt do. The man changed the world, simple as that. The fact that you would have the audacity to even think that we wouldn’t be here today without him is laughable at best.

      You realize the personal computer revolution started thanks to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak right?

      It all started with the Apple 1

      From Apple 1 and so on their hardware and software advanced.
      Wndows was actually taken from what the Mac OS was along with software code from xeorx.
      The only reason why it exploded was because, unlike Mac OS, windows was able to be installed on any computer.

      So unlike your wrong, and extremely ignorant post has stated, Steve Jobs did have a huge hand in the computer and technology revolution.

      Which would explain why you’re a random poster on a rumor site, and not someone on the television or in the news paying the proper respects and tribute to a man who played an important roll as to where we are today in technology.

      The reason why Steve cut all philanthropic programs at Apple was because when he came back the company was on the rocks, it almost slipped from existence. I’m sure he felt bad for doing it but he had to save the company and that is one of the things he cut to help bring Apple back.

      He’s also, on record, has admitted many mistakes including ones involving his child with a former girlfriend. You make it sound like he had no remorse about that kind of stuff.

      And as far as his personal life goes, again, who are you to judge? It’s none of your business. His biological parents gave him up for adoption, he most likely felt a lot of resentment for that, which would explain why he didn’t want to talk to them. Which is understandable, and again, didn’t realize you’ve been in the same position and can pass judgement.

      If you did maybe 10 minutes of research, and got the real story rather then believing second hand info from biased opinions, you’d know what really happened. I hope you better yourself and start doing your own research.

  • Bilal

    I wish I can be someone who can change the world someone like Steve Jobs, Bill Gate, I don’t know all the names who invented Electricity, Cars, TV, handphone, Telephone and ect….. all those people are well respected and will never forget them for making our life so convenient. Guys think about it God Almighty grant those people this gifts and only selected people are able to do that and not everyone, rest in peace Steve Jobs you are a great man. 

  • Tbsjef

    Remember,SteveJobs changed the World immensely.  Many Today or most of the World havnt a clue what he did,as they havnt the Means to Own,or test his Products,and most will never touch his Products. Poverty runs Rampant in this World where most will never have or own any Products he developed. Dont worry about the Small stuff ,all things are Small. Being a  Philantrapist as being a shining light Worldwide,means alot more to me helping the Many have Nots in this  World. Its like saying,WOW he had billions and Stocks.Most Worldwide will never  come close owning either. Helping the Have-nots means more to me then anything in this  World,  Not Material  Things most cant obtain. Please dont take out the Content,Steve Jobs was a visionary and will live on in Spirit forever.