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Microsoft’s Gates and Ballmer on Steve Jobs’ passing

Steve Jobs, who stepped down as CEO of Apple due to medical problems, passed away earlier today at the age of 56. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and company co-founder and chairman Bill Gates both issued statements today following the death of Steve Jobs.

Bill Gates:

“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Steve Ballmer:

“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

Steve Jobs will forever be remembered as a visionary who changed the way we look at technology today. Take a look at the following video which commemorates his accomplishments:

You can also take a look at 10 of his most iconic moments, starting with the introduction of the macintosh all the way to the introduction of the iPad, here.

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