Netgear CEO Lo slams Jobs, Apple and Microsoft
Netgear chief executive Patrick Lo told a lunch crowd in Sydney over the weekend that Apple's closed culture will not change as long as co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lives and that Microsoft is "over."
As the Sydney Morning Herald reported, Lo went on a rant about Apple and Jobs, saying that Jobs was keeping Apple from an open, innovative culture.
Gizmodo Australia quotes Lo as saying:
"It's critical for Apple to make a decision how to go forward. And I think as long as Steve jobs lives, there's no way they're going to open it up. Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform."
Lo's remarks seem particularly tone deaf given Jobs's recent decision to step down as Apple CEO for health reasons. While it's unclear whether Lo was referring to Jobs's death as the point at which he will "go away," many have interpreted the remarks that way.
He added that Jobs's ego was hurting Apple, particularly in the notable battle over Adobe Flash.
"What's the reason for him to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego," Lo said.
The Netgear CEO also had harsh words for Microsoft, which he declared "over," and unable to catch up with Apple and Google's Android.
The open-source Android, it seems, is the only company Lo mentioned in a positive light during his screed. Netgear uses Android in some products.
| January 31, 2011; 10:35 AM ET
Categories: Apple, Gripes, Mac
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