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Network World - Apple founder Steve Jobs' death earlier this month brought forth an outpouring of remembrances from fanboys, industry leaders – even people who didn’t seem to realize they were fans of Steve Jobs.
The outpouring has been remarkable, whether it was on Twitter, in blogs, or even in thousands of Post-It notes stuck to the windows of Apple stores around the world.
Within 14 minutes on Facebook, more than 53,000 people “liked” founder Mark Zuckerberg's post and 43 commented on it. The Facebook founder wrote: “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.”
Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman and Jobs’ longtime rival and friend, wrote: “I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. 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. The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
The Apple brand initially targeted the consumer, but with Jobs' return to Apple it became clear that he wanted to broaden the company's audience and go after the enterprise. It wasn't until the creation of the iPhone that Apple truly made some headway into the enterprise market. Sure, the Mac had aspirations of taking a bite out of PC market from Microsoft, but it never really made Redmond nervous until the iPhone and then iPad came along.
One analyst wrote that Jobs and Apple did not create the mobile market, they reinvented it.
In a PDF for Insiders, Network World takes a look back at Steve Jobs – his work, his impact, and his attitude toward life that inspired so many.
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