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(of Microsoft’s monopoly) The ability to innovate in the industry has been sucked out dry and I think the smartest people have already seen the writing on the wall and started to exit. And I think some of the smartest young people are really questioning if they are even get in. Hopefully things will change over time but I think it’s a dark period right now.

Steve Jobs.

(on why he called Microsoft ‘the IBM of the ’90s’) They’re the mainstream. And a lot of people who don’t want to think about it too much are just going to buy their product. They have a market dominance now that is so great that it’s actually hurting the industry. I don’t like to get into discussions about whether they accomplished that fairly or not. That’s for others to decide. I just observe it and say it’s not healthy for the countr

Steve Jobs, 1994

Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them.

Steve Jobs, 2005

I would rather compete with Sony than compete in another product category with Microsoft. That’s because Sony has to rely on other companies to make its software. We’re the only company that owns the whole widget–the hardware, the software and the operating system. We can take full responsibility for the user experience. We can do things that the other guy can’t do.

Steve Jobs, 2002