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Hell Freezes Over: Gates and Jobs to Appear Together

Forget global warming, the next Ice Age is here. From PrimeNewswire:

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) (PRIMEZONE) -- Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, the seminal figures in the development of the personal computer, will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference this year. The two men will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

Both executives have made multiple individual appearances at the conference, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year, and is known as D5. But this will be their first joint session at D, and a highly unusual event.

In addition to participating in the joint session with Mr. Gates, Mr. Jobs will appear on his own in a separate segment at D5 to discuss the latest developments at Apple, including new ventures such as the iPhone and Apple TV. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will also appear at the conference in his own segment, to discuss Windows, Office, the Xbox, Zune, and other topics.

With Jobs being unable as of late to make a public appearance without taking a swipe at Microsoft, this guarantees to be an interesting event. No word if Jobs and Gates will do a live version of the "Mac vs PC" ads, however with Jobs in his trademark black turtleneck and Gates in an his blue button-up shirt, it'll be hard to keep from daydreaming.

Pass the jackets.

UPDATE: A reader from CrunchGear posted this YouTube video of what might transpire. Featuring the voice talents of Kermit the Frog as Bill Gates.




  • List244 said:

    Robert, can we expect you to give some sort of post on what happens after the event?

    February 20, 2007 5:32 PM
  • Of Course!

    February 20, 2007 6:14 PM