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  1. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    I don't know where I stand on this, simply because these two individuals had such a passion for their respective jobs (hehe) and a technological prowess about them.

    So I figured I'd open it up to discussion with you folks. In general, who do you think made a bigger impact on the tech industry: Steve Jobs or Bill Gates?
    02-10-2014 10:06 PM
  2. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Bill Gates!
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    02-10-2014 10:08 PM
  3. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    And let me say why Bill Gates. He made major impacts on the tech industry, but not just that, he donates LOTS of his money and time to people and organizations that need help.
    02-10-2014 10:09 PM
  4. Elitis's Avatar
    Bill Gates made a far bigger impact on the IT industry because underneath it all he had a true love for technology. He was the "genius programmer" who did amazing things with his skills, and arguably, created a digital empire. However, Steve Jobs was the ultimate marketer. Bill was amazing at turning his dreams in reality, but Steve was the guy who could sell that dream to anyone. They would have truly done unforeseen things together.
    02-10-2014 10:27 PM
  5. Guytronic's Avatar
    Bill Gates
    He never quit the company he co-founded.
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    02-10-2014 10:37 PM
  6. aximtreo's Avatar
    Glad you didn't throw Wozicrack into this conversation. What a knucklehead.
    02-11-2014 07:06 AM
  7. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    Yea, he doesn't know what he's talking about.
    02-11-2014 08:16 AM
  8. dkediger's Avatar
    Bill didn't have to go to Steve for a float loan....but he did need to keep Apple viable as an alternative platform.....
    02-11-2014 08:26 AM
  9. PureView's Avatar
    Don't care for Bill the philanthropist but Jobs was obviously better as a tech person. The guy literally changed the way we use phones, tablets and music.
    02-11-2014 08:36 AM
  10. jmshub's Avatar
    Bill Gates is smarter as an engineer than Jobs was. He was actually hands on with building Microsoft's products. Steve Jobs was passionate about design and UI. Remember that Wozniak was the one who actually designed the Apple I and Apple II.

    I think Microsoft was a more important company than Apple throughout the first generation of personal computing. It was Microsoft who was able to achieve the "A computer in every home" vision. Apple PCs had innovations, but never achieved a market level close to Windows.

    Apple, so far, has been more influential in this current age of mobile computing. iPhone and iPad have been much more successful than Windows, and has led the game for quite a while. Even with a higher market share, Android was following Apple in design until recently when they started to push the market design.

    So back to the original question, I don't think there is a clear cut definitive answer. I think you could make a good argument for either, and Apple fans would say Jobs, Microsoft users would say Gates. I hedge and say both.
    02-11-2014 08:44 AM
  11. broughshane's Avatar
    You can't have one without the other ! love and marriage.. bill for the better software and charity work. Steve for the hardware marketing
    02-11-2014 08:50 AM
  12. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    They're both overrated, to be honest.
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    02-11-2014 09:51 AM
  13. berty6294's Avatar
    Bill certainly is not overrated! HE is the one that changed the way we use technology! He is responsible for what we have today! Steve has awesome taste and knows how to sell, but he would not be anything without Bill and Woz!
    02-11-2014 10:05 AM
  14. scolab's Avatar
    Considering 91% of all the computers in the world run Windows, how can you refute Bill Gates as the leader? Then throw Office into the mix. Game over.

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    02-11-2014 10:14 AM
  15. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    In a technological sense, I think both deserve applause. With that said, in character and personal values Gates is far above and beyond the man Jobs was.

    My $.02
    02-11-2014 10:20 AM
  16. PureView's Avatar
    Considering 91% of all the computers in the world run Windows, how can you refute Bill Gates as the leader? Then throw Office into the mix. Game over.

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    If only it was as simple as comparing market share figures. By that (flawed) logic Toyota has won and Rolls Royce has lost.
    02-11-2014 10:33 AM
  17. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    Bill certainly is not overrated! HE is the one that changed the way we use technology! He is responsible for what we have today! Steve has awesome taste and knows how to sell, but he would not be anything without Bill and Woz!
    How did Gates change the way we use technology? He didn't make the first GUI, he didn't make the first computer, he didn't make the first CLI, he didn't make the first OS.
    02-11-2014 10:38 AM
  18. ipinsao's Avatar
    There's really no debate. Both are good in their respective areas.
    02-11-2014 10:48 AM
  19. DBZo07's Avatar
    Sir Billy. And Sir Steve for effing android till his last breath..

    Sent via Lumia 625 Black
    02-11-2014 10:49 AM
  20. sonosp's Avatar
    Gates, he's an all round cool guy.
    Jobs was a ****, choosing not to even acknowledge his own flesh and blood.

    And the guy parked in a disabled bay, aint nobody got time for that.
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    02-11-2014 10:50 AM
  21. PureView's Avatar
    How did Gates change the way we use technology? He didn't make the first GUI, he didn't make the first computer, he didn't make the first CLI, he didn't make the first OS.
    No but he did teach all of us how to create an illegal monopoly. Too bad he was caught in the end :(
    02-11-2014 11:16 AM
  22. Michael Alan Goff's Avatar
    No but he did teach all of us how to create an illegal monopoly. Too bad he was caught in the end :(
    No, being a monopoly is not what they ere convicted on. Being a monopoly is not illegal. Microsoft got in trouble for abusing their monopoly status.
    02-11-2014 11:20 AM
  23. PureView's Avatar
    No, being a monopoly is not what they ere convicted on. Being a monopoly is not illegal. Microsoft got in trouble for abusing their monopoly status.
    Potato potaato
    02-11-2014 11:34 AM
  24. z33dev33l's Avatar
    A cocky salesman versus a down to earth genius who actually worked towards creating his products? Tough choice
    02-11-2014 11:36 AM
  25. berty6294's Avatar
    How did Gates change the way we use technology? He didn't make the first GUI, he didn't make the first computer, he didn't make the first CLI, he didn't make the first OS.
    Very strange, I don't recall ever stating that he was the FIRST. There's a reason why the first GUI, first computer, and the first of everything else didn't explode in popularity and success... cause they sucked or were useless in their former state!
    02-11-2014 01:05 PM
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