Steve Jobs' death: reaction and tributes from the world of technology

Steve Jobs' death: reaction and tributes from the world of technologyIt was perhaps fitting that when the news of Steve Jobs' death came through, for millions and millions of people, they learned of it from Twitter through a device that Apple created: the iPhone. We, ourselves, first saw it after firing up our MacBook Pro.

Indeed, even the more tasteless individuals among us who posted unpleasant remarks about Mr Jobs after his death and called for protests at his funeral (we'll not be naming them) ironically did so using Twitter for iPhone.

Whatever your feelings towards the man or towards his company, there are few that could deny Steve Jobs had an incredible impact on technology - arguably more so than anyone of his generation - and, fittingly, tributes were paid by the great and the good.

We always think of Microsoft and Apple being at each other's throats. Which they probably are from a corporate point of view. But former MS boss, Bill Gates had this to say:

"Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives...
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

And fellow tech wonder boy, Mark Zuckerberg was also glowing in his praise:

"Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."

The response from current arch-enemies, Google, was respectful but lacked the personal touch of others. Perhaps Chairman Eric Schmidt didn't actually know him (unlikely) or maybe felt it would be wrong to gush praise to someone they counted as an adversary. Eitherway, he was professional, but not exactly touching:

"Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artists touch and an engineers vision to build an extraordinary company... one of the greatest American leaders in history"

Yet, Google's co-founder, Larry Page was far more personal in his tribute:

"I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family."

True to form, recently sacked Yahoo boss, Carol Bartz had plenty to say on the matter, though we couldn't help feeling she sounded, in places, like she was talking about herself:

"It’s the ultimate sadness. First of all, it’s a young person who was revered, sometimes feared, but always revered. In a way, it’s kind of prophetic; everyone was hoping he could be on stage yesterday. He was a very special person, and he didn’t get to where he was by having people like him all the time. He got to where he was because he had a vision and a purpose. It’s easy to try and please everyone, but he kept to his principles."

But perhaps, the biggest honour for an American would be to have a tribute from the big boss. And that was forthcoming almost as soon as the news broke from Barack and Michelle Obama:

"Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it...
Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world...
The world has lost a visionary."

One response we were really intrigued by was that of Brian Lam of Gizmodo. He's the chap who was responsible for publishing the iPhone 4 exclusive and details the whole process in an almost autobiographical tone, describing how Steve Jobs called him and said "I really want my phone back" and laughed. It's a fascinating read.

Then again, "fascinating" is probably one word that will forever be associated with Mr Jobs.

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blizzard7  Oct. 6, 2011 at 10:14

Like him or not, he deserves every bit of the praise on this page.

rubakanth  Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:03

Watch this Steve Jobs Speech

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:19

Agreed, world is no longer the same place without him.

mrew42  Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:20

Not much else to add readlly

Julias  Oct. 6, 2011 at 12:18

From a company created in a garage to one of the most powerful brands in the world is only something a great man can achieve and Steve Jobs was that man! He's achieved something which only a handful of people on the planet will ever achieve and that his legacy and memory will live on for generations to come through Apple!

lcurdie / MOD  Oct. 6, 2011 at 12:51

Some suitably incredible tributes. I really like Michael Bloomberg's words too: "Tonight, America lost a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein, and whose ideas will shape the world for generations to come."

gstar159  Oct. 6, 2011 at 13:23

I hate apple to bits, however this man great great man is the person who redefined technology and helped in technological advancements. I hope he Rests in Peace!

Julias  Oct. 6, 2011 at 14:03

blizzard7  Oct. 6, 2011 at 17:31

For those newer to Apple, this is probably the biggest keynote (in the smallest event) Steve Jobs ever did.

Some may say the iMac introduction was Steve's best, but this one is really the turning point for Apple.


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