Where Gates Bests Jobs

by Dana Blankenhorn

Where Bill Gates bests Steve Jobs, and always has, is in his willingness to build ecosystems. Windows is an ecosystem. Microsoft is the biggest fish in that ecosystem. Since 1995, Windows has been eating the other fish in that ecosystem, but fish do that. It's still an ecosystem. Apple has never been comfortable with living in an ecosystem. Apple builds products, not ecosystems. There were never any second-source Macintosh hardware producers with Jobs in charge, and they were all killed off when he returned.