Former Microsoft CTO: Bill Gates Is Very Innovative And Steve Jobs Wasn’t A Creator Of Technology

In an interview to Slate,  former Microsoft CTO and Founder of Intellectual Ventures Nathan Myhrvold made comments about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. He disagreed with Steve Jobs view on Bill Gates as unimaginative and having never invented anything. He also commented that Steve Jobs is not a technical guy and he wasn’t a creator of any technology.

Jobs’ role, Mhyrvold said, was to refine how Apple and the world thought about products. But “he was never a technical guy, he was never a programmer,” Mhyrvold said. “He was a user of technology but he wasn’t a creator of technology.”

Gates, on the other hand, Mhyrvold said, “I think, is actually very innovative. He’s innovative in a technologist’s way. He was a programmer. Bill’s understanding of technology and what is possible was absolutely part and parcel of what Microsoft successful.”

On talking about Microsoft Office on Mac,

“essentially on every Macintosh and were part and parcel of the Mac’s success. Our stuff was ugly unless you needed it,” he said with a laugh. “As every Mac user seems to.”

Source: Slate via: Seattle times

  • Ram Uppugunduri

    Yes and you look at their styles, SJ was arrogant and BG is humble. There is a proverb in India, A full pot never slips, while an empty one makes sounds.

    • peter terry

      the empty pot makes the loudest sound

    • Monkey D Black

      there’s a proverb in jamaica too, it goes: empty barrels makes the most noise

  • J-mac

    “Our stuff was ugly unless you needed it”

    This is awesome…

  • Tishawn Fahie

    “Our stuff was ugly unless you needed it”

    Haha I like… It’s so true!

    • Guest

      and even if you needed it, still ugly.  

  • Chandra Prabu

    He said, they “both are innovative on their own way” as well….If these people stopped fighting each other and continued with their innovations, the world would have got more excellent products….:)

    • Bob

      Well… at least Steve Jobs has stopped fighting… 

      • Yaruwatiri

        saw this and just started laughing! I made a steve jobs joke a couple of days ago and everyone was like “too soon man, too soon” hahaha!