One year back, I registered CameTooFar because of my unstoppable and uncontrollable passion towards Microsoft .NET Technologies. Since then, what all I had dreamt, yelled and blogged was all about Microsoft Technologies that always made me say - Wow!. Slowly, I start listening to every reel in the IT industry – acquisitions, challenges, competitions, excitement, innovations, inspirations and suing.
Today, I break my promise! I confess! This blog post is about Steve Jobs - The Legendary CEO of Apple - The Legend who swiftly and steadily drived Apple and narrated what Innovation really means!
It’s he who saved Apple from drowning with the famous MacWorld Boston 1997 Deal by which Apple entered into a partnership with Microsoft. As he quoted:
“If we want to move forward and see Apple healthy and prospering again, we have to let go of a few things here. We have to let go of this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. We have to embrace a notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job. And if others are going to help us that's great, because we need all the help we can get, and if we screw up and we don't do a good job, it's not somebody else's fault, it's our fault. So I think that is a very important perspective. If we want Microsoft Office on the Mac, we better treat the company that puts it out with a little bit of gratitude; we like their software.
So, the era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over as far as I'm concerned. This is about getting Apple healthy, this is about Apple being able to make incredibly great contributions to the industry and to get healthy and prosper again.”
Now, The Legend has stepped down from the Apple’s CEO hot-seat, with a beautiful emotional and inspiring letter to both Apple and Apple Community:
“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Just like Bill Gates praised about Apple:
“To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different, it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.”
Do we hear one more – “But, there's one more thing...” ? Do we?
Lets wait for the next MacWorld Expo.
Till then Good Luck Steve, we’ll Miss you.