Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple
Woz spoke at TEDx Brussels this week and his presence electrified the 2,000 people in the audience. Afterwards, I had the great fortune to catch the great man in a characteristically thoughtful mood. We talked about his regrets (none), his optimism about the future of technology, his take on the Scott Forstall saga and, most interestingly, his “worry” that Microsoft has become a more innovative company than Apple. But what most struck me about Steve Wozniak is his comfort in front of the camera. Much has been said about his unworldliness, but Woz is now so savvy, smooth and smart that I wonder whether, if Tim Cook should stumble, Apple might consider bringing him back as their CEO.
I can sorta see it. Apple has been "coasting" for a year or so, while everything MS has done has been rather dramtatic in terms of change and innovation.
It remains to be seen whether MS will be successful or not. There is no doubt Apple is successful.
All iconic companies have their time in the spotlight, but the nature of popularity, especially with tech companies, is that it wanes with time. MS was the tech company of the 90s, and Apple of the 2000s. New tech companies are developing constantly. Apple's popularity is/will diminish. Popular and commodity (like Apple is) don't go hand in hand.
Maybe MS, after laying low, is getting hot again.The Surface tablet they make is pretty cool.
The Woz is very much his own gentleman and he has more than earned the right to speak his own mind when it comes to Apple versus Microsoft and all of that. Look up his patents if anything.
If The Woz formally returned to Apple all 9 to 5 style or something then I have a feeling that I would not be the only nerd out there who would welcome that a very, very great deal.
Can someone explain what the point of the iPad mini is? It seems like a boneheaded marketing move.
Woz is smart
Oh yeah, Wozzie talks crazy trash now that Steve's dead.
If Steve Jobs were still living, Woz would be heard from rarely, if ever.
Since Wozniak's plane crash, I highly doubt the AAPL Board would entrust the world's most valuable company to him -- wishful thinking bordering on insanity.
On February 7, 1981, the Beechcraft Bonanza A36TC Wozniak was piloting crashed soon after takeoff from the Sky Park Airport in Scotts Valley, California. The plane stalled while climbing, then bounced down the runway, went through two fences, and crashed into an embankment. Wozniak and his three passengers, then-fiance Candice Clark, her brother and his girlfriend, were injured. Wozniak sustained severe face and head injuries, including losing a tooth, and also suffered for five weeks after the crash from anterograde amnesia, the inability to create new memories. He had no memory of the crash, and did not remember his time in hospital or the things he did after he was released from the hospital. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation report cited premature liftoff and pilot inexperience as probable causes of the crash.
Woz hasn't set foot inside Apple since the 1990s.
He has no more insight than a fanboy blogger.
Worse than an airplane crash, dating Kathy Griffin showed poor judgment.
He's on record as liking Windows Phone as well. Better than Android.