Gates dismisses Steve Jobs' criticism

This combo shows file photos of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs (L) at the Macworld Conference on January 9, 2007 in San Francisco, California and Microsoft's former head Bill Gates (R) during the opening keynote at the RSA conference at San Francisco's Moscone Center on February 6, 2007. Getty Images

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If he was irked by Steve Jobs' posthumous criticism in a new biography, Bill Gates isn't letting on.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week" Gates was asked by anchor Christiane Amanpour to respond to the portrayal Jobs offered of Microsoft's co-founder in the biography by author Walter Isaacson as someone was is "basically unimaginative" and "had never invented anything." Jobs is also quoted saying that Gates had "shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."

Gates listened to the question without evincing any outward reaction and offered a more balanced appraisal of what became a love-hate relationship between Microsoft and Apple over the decades.

"60 Minutes" interview with Walter Isaacson: Part 1
"60 Minutes" interview with Walter Isaacson: Part 2

"Over the course of the 30 years we worked together, (Jobs) said a lot of very nice things about me and he said a lot of tough things. I mean - he faced several times at Apple the fact that their products were so premium priced that they literally might not stay in the marketplace so the fact that we were succeeding with high volume products including a range of prices because of the way we worked with multiple companies, it's tough," Gates said.

"So the fact that at various times he felt beleaguered. He felt like was the good guy and we were the bad guys - very understandable. I respect Steve. We worked together. We spurred each other on even as competitors. None of that bothers me at all.

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