06 October 2011

Farewell To Apple Innovator And Visionaire

The day after Apple presented their new iPhone, I heard the sad news that Steve Jobs had passed away. The news was given to me by Lead Deveoper Jayant Rimza together with a quote from eBay India: "You left a mark on our eyes, ears and fingers. RIP Steve Jobs."

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, after these two visionaries had built the Apple 1 logic board in a garage and Jobs had sold his minibus to get startup money. The road has not been smooth, but with Jobs as CEO, Apple has become one of the major players in our business and an important competitor to Microsoft.

The reactions to Steve Jobs' death have been extensive. Politicians and company leaders as well as common users of the Apple products have paid tribute to Steve Jobs, and people have gathered in Apple stores around the world. President Obama called the Apple cofounder one of America’s greatest innovators and praised him for having changed the way each of us sees the world.

Even though Business Solutions mostly develop for Microsoft platforms, we are grateful for the existence of Apple. The rivalry between these two giants has given us all better products. Microsoft founder Bill Gates says about his friend: "The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come."

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