Microsoft Responds to Steve Jobs' Death
Article by George Norman
On 06 Oct 2011
Top figures at Microsoft, long time Apple rival, have reacted to the news that Steve Jobs died (February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011). Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, released a statement in which he expressed his deepest regrets for Steve Jobs’ passing. Here is the text of that 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.”


Steve Ballmer took over as CEO of Microsoft back in 2000 after Bill Gates stepped down. Gates released a statement as well in which he talked about how he met Steve Jobs and how much he will miss him. Here is the text of Gates’ 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.”

Melinda Gates, Bill Gates’ wife from 1994 until the present day, expressed her regrets as well. She did so via popular micro-blogging site Twitter. She posted a tweet that said: “Incredibly saddened to learn of the loss of Steve Jobs, a true innovator and a great man."

Microsoft fans will undoubtedly know that Bill Gates co-founded the company alongside Paul Allen. He also tweeted about Steve Jobs’ passing. Here is what Paul Allen had to say: “We've lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products.”

Tags: Microsoft, Apple, Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Paul Allen
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