Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who recently published a memoir, Idea Man, that is in parts highly critical of Bill Gates, told 60 Minutes that does not see any reason he would need to apologize to Gates.
Allen explained to Lesley Stahl that he and Gates would most likely discuss the book--which Stahl called a "revenge book"--in the future.
"I'm sure at some point well sit down and talk about the book," Allen said.
Stahl suggested it might be a "screaming match," and Allen replied, "I don't know about screaming, but I'm sure it'll be a heated discussion."
Asked if he felt any reason to apologize to Gates, Allen answered, "I don't think so." He noted that he and Gates had a bond "that could not be denied."
In an excerpt from the book posted online, Allen described Gates as someone who "thrived on conflict and wasn't shy about instigating it. A few of us cringed at the way he'd demean people and force them to defend their positions."
He also accused Gates and Steve Ballmer of conspiring to reduce his equity:
One evening in late December 1982, I heard Bill and Steve speaking heatedly in Bill's office and paused outside to listen in. It was easy to get the gist of the conversation. They were bemoaning my recent lack of production and discussing how they might dilute my Microsoft equity by issuing options to themselves and other shareholders. It was clear that they'd been thinking about this for some time. [...] I helped start the company and was still an active member of management, though limited by my illness, and now my partner and my colleague were scheming to rip me off. It was mercenary opportunism, plain and simple.
The full profile airs Sunday.