Tuesday, January 18, 2005

When you don't get your friend's support


When last I read - Steve Jobs and larry Ellison were really good friends, then what's up with this comment?

From: The IT Journal
By: Chris Preimesberger

An Interview with Larry Ellison of Oracle

Q: In your opinion, is there a major corporation today showing the kind of innovation that IBM had in its glory days?

Ellison: No. One of the great disappointments in Microsoft is that they have all this money, and they've had this tremendous success selling Windows, selling Office ... but just try to list the innovations from Microsoft. I'll take IBM over Microsoft. Although I think Microsoft does some things brilliantly. The way they destroyed Netscape was illegal but brilliant. Microsoft's policy has been the destruction of innovation. Netscape was the most innovative software company around, certainly during the 1990s. These were the people who really popularized the internet, through the outgrowth of the Mosaic browser. And Microsoft said the reward for innovation should be oblivion.

A quick Google search turned up this interview with Larry Ellison as well:

"Steve Jobs is my best friend, and I love him dearly, and he's one of the most remarkable people on this planet. You watch him create Apple, then in one of the worst human-resources mistakes in the history of Silicon Valley -- the only thing worse was when the French fired Napoleon -- they fire Steve Jobs and Apple almost completely disintegrates. Then he comes back and he saves a company that was on life support."

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