Jobs realized that the image of Gates looming over him and the audience was a mistake.
"I wanted him to come to Boston," Jobs later said. "That was my worst and stupidest staging event ever.
It was bad because it made me look small, and Apple look small, and as if everything was in Bill's hands."
Gates likewise was embarrassed when he saw the videotape of the event.
"I didn't know that my face was going to be blown up to looming proportions," he said.
Jobs tried to reassure the audience with an impromptu sermon.
"If we want to move forward and see Apple healthy again, we have to let go of a few things here," he told the audience.
"We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win Microsoft has to lose...
I think if we want Microsoft Office on the Mac, we better treat the company that puts it out with a little bit of gratitude."
The Microsoft announcement, along with Jobs's passionate reengagement with the company, provided a much-needed jolt for Apple.
By the end of the day, its stock had skyrocketed $6.56, or 33%, to close at $26.31, twice the price of the day Amelio resigned.
The one-day jump added $830 million to Apple's stock market capitalization.
The company was back from the edge of the grave.