Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Aug 2011 23:05 UTC
Apple Why does news like this always come right before I want to go to bed? Steve Jobs has just announced he is stepping down from the CEO position of Apple. He will be succeeded by Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook. Steve Jobs will remain at Apple as chairman of the board and director. This is... Strange.
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Apple has deep bench...
by jackeebleu on Wed 24th Aug 2011 23:24 UTC
jackeebleu
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2006-01-26

They've lost people that have been listed as "key" before and kept on chugging, Steve is more symbolic than anything in the years since his illness. Apple's future is still very bright.

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RE: Apple has deep bench...
by JAlexoid on Thu 25th Aug 2011 00:08 in reply to "Apple has deep bench..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Question now is how will the market react...

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RE: Apple has deep bench...
by Laurence on Thu 25th Aug 2011 08:57 in reply to "Apple has deep bench..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

They've lost people that have been listed as "key" before and kept on chugging, Steve is more symbolic than anything in the years since his illness. Apple's future is still very bright.


Indeed.

MS survived without Gates (regardless of what you might think of Steven Ballmer); Apple with survive without Jobs.

Life goes on.

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RE[2]: Apple has deep bench...
by galvanash on Thu 25th Aug 2011 18:24 in reply to "RE: Apple has deep bench..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

MS survived without Gates (regardless of what you might think of Steven Ballmer); Apple with survive without Jobs.


So far Ballmer has managed to erase 60% of Microsoft's valuation during his tenure... That might technically be considered "surviving", but it can also be considered "royally f**king up" too. Yes, it is a down economy and all that, but Apple managed to go in the opposite direction in the same environment under Jobs.

Just saying, using Ballmer and Microsoft as an analogy for "things will be fine" is downright ironic if you ask me...

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

"They've lost people that have been listed as "key" before and kept on chugging, Steve is more symbolic than anything in the years since his illness. Apple's future is still very bright.


Indeed.

MS survived without Gates (regardless of what you might think of Steven Ballmer); Apple with survive without Jobs.

Life goes on.
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Gates turned over stuff to Ballmer long before he actually left. But even so, Microsoft is no where near what it was under Gates and has gone from having zero debt (under Gates) to taking on debt (under Ballmer).

Moreover, Microsoft is loosing a lot of mind share in the world, and will soon be passing into the background where it won't be "Microsoft Windows' and "Microsoft Office" - but computing in general, namely due to the rise of iOS and Android and the revolution of mobile computing that Microsoft always tried to thwart under Gates but has been powerless to stop in recent years - and it's a market that Microsoft has no ability to play in, let alone control - which is why they're really a dieing company now as they depend on that control.

Now comparatively, Apple has never done well in the past when Jobs left. However, under his recent tenure they made sure that the company would do well without him - and have tested it numerous times, both with and without the public knowing - where the public only found out after the fact (the first time that I'm aware of). Apple as a company has a very solid leadership that will be able to weather the loss of Jobs and the market should be able to pick up on that fairly quickly if it hasn't already.

In other words, Apple is going to be around for a long time to come. Microsoft won't be.

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