Last Wednesday, “the great Silicon Valley soap opera” came “full circle” at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference when Steve Jobs sat down with Bill Gates for an unscripted discussion with Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, and even some questions from the audience.
It was a friendly, amicable meeting, with a few jokes thrown in, and some hints about future products. “Asked by Kara Swisher to define the greatest misunderstanding in their relationship, Jobs joked, “We’ve kept our marriage secret for over a decade now.” Also, Walter Mossberg mentioned .Mac, Apple’s suite of online services, saying “you guys didn’t really develop it.” Steve Jobs replied “I couldn’t agree more, and we’ll make up for lost time in the near future.”
Also, Bill Gates still does not like the PC guy in the recent Mac / PC ads.
The last time the two sat down together was apparently 1983, when Steve Jobs interviewed Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as a suitor during the “Macintosh Dating Game.” See video clips of that 20-year old appearance by clicking here.
See video from All Things and read a detailed recap of the meeting at Macworld.com by clicking here.
Even better – click here to see the entire conference via an iTunes podcast. Note that when you click this link, iTunes will launch. This is the best way to see the meeting.
Regarding the conference, according to their PR blurb, “All Things Digital is unlike any other executive conference. Since its debut in 2003, D has brought to life the energy and excitement of the digital revolution in an unscripted, upfront and unparalleled way.
At the heart of D, the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher ask smart, tough questions in a no-holds-barred fashion. The results are critical insights and relevant advice that stay with you well after the conference ends.