Gates and his chief financial officer, Greg Maffei, made the trip to Palo Alto to work out the framework for a deal,
and then Maffei returned alone the following Sunday to work on the details.
When he arrived at Jobs's home, Jobs grabbed two bottles of water out of the refrigerator
and took Maffei for a walk around the Palo Alto neighborhood.
Both men wore shorts, and Jobs walked barefoot.
As they sat in front of a Baptist church, Jobs cut to the core issues.
"These are the things we care about," he said.
"A commitment to make software for the Mac and an investment."
Although the negotiations went quickly, the final details were not finished until hours before Jobs's Macworld speech in Boston.
He was rehearsing at the Park Plaza Castle when his cell phone rang.
"Hi, Bill," he said as his words echoed through the old hall.
Then he walked to a corner and spoke in a soft tone so others couldn't hear.
The call lasted an hour. Finally, the remaining deal points were resolved.
"Bill, thank you for your support of this company," Jobs said as he crouched in his shorts.
"I think the world's a better place for it."