All Things D: Gates and Jobs love-fest

Yesterday Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the stage at the All Things D conference in Carlsbad, CA. The conference, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, had the makings of an exciting battle between two titans of technology but it was mostly a bore fest as Jobs and Gates each tried to out do each other with complements.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
Yesterday Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the stage at the All Things D conference in Carlsbad, CA. The conference, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, had the makings of an exciting battle between two titans of technology but it was mostly a bore fest as Jobs and Gates each tried to out do each other with complements.

Each was more statesmanly than the other and both stumbled when asked about the future of the Internet. Both also chose to ignore the giant elephant in the room, as CNBC referred to Google. I would have preferred a real discussion about technology, the future and some of the current products these staunch competitors have duking in out in the marketplace.

Video highlights of the one hour and forty minute keynote address are available online.

My questions would have been:

  • "Mr. Gates: how to you view the position of the Zune against the iPod?"
  • "What about the Xbox 360 versus the Apple TV?"
  • "Mr. Jobs: Have you seen the Microsoft Surface? Are there any patent issues with the iPhone's multi-touch display?"

If you had the chance, what question would you have asked?

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