Amidst raging courtroom battles between Google and Apple, the search giant today pays tribute to the man most people consider to have single-handedly shaped the mobile phone landscape into what it is today.
In light of Steve Jobs’ passing, Google pays tribute to Steve Jobs by putting his name, birth and death dates and a link to the Apple homepage under its search bar.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft has also issued a statement on the passing of Steve Jobs. “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”
Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft has also come out with a statement on his website, The Gates Notes. “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. “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Other quotes by major industry leaders:
“No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.”
— Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
“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.”
— Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Facebook
“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”
— President Barack Obama, USA
“Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”
— John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, and Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
“Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend.”
— Bob Iger, CEO, Disney
At 56, Steve Jobs passed away on the 5th of October after a long battle against pancreatic cancer.