When the leadership issue was partly resolved by Amelio's ouster, one of Jobs's first phone calls was to Gates.
Jobs recalled: I called up Bill and said, "I'm going to turn this thing around."
Bill always had a soft spot for Apple. We got him into the application software business.
The first Microsoft apps were Excel and Word for the Mac. So I called him and said, "I need help."
Microsoft was walking over Apple's patents.
I said, "If we kept up our lawsuits, a few years from now we could win a billion-dollar patent suit.
You know it, and I know it. But Apple's not going to survive that long if we're at war.
I know that. So let's figure out how to settle this right away.
All I need is a commitment that Microsoft will keep developing for the Mac
and an investment by Microsoft in Apple so it has a stake in our success."
When I recounted to him what Jobs said, Gates agreed it was accurate.
"We had a group of people who liked working on the Mac stuff, and we liked the Mac," Gates recalled.
He had been negotiating with Amelio for six months, and the proposals kept getting longer and more complicated.
"So Steve comes in and says, 'Hey, that deal is too complicated.
What I want is a simple deal. I want the commitment and I want an investment.'
And so we put that together in just four weeks."