Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates talk ‘Future of the PC’

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This was the first of only two joint interviews the pair ever gave.
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Aug2626 August, 1991: Fortune magazine publishes the first-ever joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, under the headline: “The Future of the PC.”

Along with a sit-down interview at the D5 Conference 16 years later, this is one of only two joint interviews the pair ever gave together. It marked 10 years since the first IBM PC shipped, and looked at what the future held for both men — described as the former “boy wonders of computing, now thirtysomething.”

Report card: How has Tim Cook fared after five years as CEO?

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Tim Cook has now been officially running Apple for half a decade.
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The flip side to the news that today marks five years since Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO is the fact that it also marks Tim Cook’s ascendance to Apple’s top position.

So how has Cook done at the seemingly impossible task of following one of the most-revered business executives in history? Putting on our teacher hats and picking up our best red marking pens, here’s how Tim Cook’s report card reads so far.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

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Steve Jobs' health wouldn't allow him to continue as CEO.
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Aug24August 24, 2011: Steve Jobs steps down as Apple CEO as his health worsens, with Tim Cook assuming the role of Apple’s seventh CEO.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” Jobs writes in his retirement letter to the Apple board. “Unfortunately that day has come.”