Steve Jobs took to the stage yesterday at the All Things Digital D8 conference. During his interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, the Apple CEO had plenty to say regarding tablets, iPhones and the PC industry. However, one of the more interesting things discussed was Apple's ongoing rivalry with Google and the great platform war with Microsoft.
Steve, Kara and Walt were yesterday talking about how Steve spent a great deal of his career fighting Microsoft and discussed all the platforms around today. Aside from Microsoft and Apple, they hightlighted Android, Chrome OS, even Facebook. Mossberg said that they see it as sort of a platform war and asked Steve if he agreed.
Steve replied, "No. And I never have. We never saw ourselves in a platform war with Microsoft, and maybe that's why we lost."
When Walt and Kara asked Steve about another well known competitor, Google, Steve responded by saying Google decided to compete with them, not the other way around.
"So you just woke up one morning and heard about Android?" asked Walt. "Kinda," Steve said.
The next part is probably the weirdest thing to come out of Jobs' mouth all night. Walt if he felt betrayed by the whole thing and Steve responded with, "My sex life is pretty good." It got huge laughs from the audience but still, very weird.
Walt and Kara also asked Steve about his relationship with Google, pushing him to comment on their rivalry by asking, "Are you going to remove them from the iPhone?"
Steve replied, 'No, we want to make better products then them. … Just because we're competing with someone doesn't mean we have to be rude."