Press Clips

The world doesn't have very many computer companies left that are defining platforms; really trying to figure out how people want to use computers and defining a platform of software and hardware to provide that. Silicon Graphics is one of them that are still doing that, and I admire the fact that Steve Jobs is also doing that. So many companies today are just copying what other companies do, and cloning them. It's nice to see a company that's willing to do the hard work of really defining how people are going to use computers and trying to design a platform that fits their needs.

Silicon Graphics President and CEO Ed McCracken, MicroTimes,

July 6

The word "open" has been bandied about so much I don't know what you mean by it. Does it mean that the source code is in the public domain? We're not open. Does it mean that anyone can write software for it? Then we are open. Does it mean that it runs on more than one hardware platform by more than one vendor? Then the day we ship NeXT-STEP 486, we'll be open.

Steve Jobs, UniForum Monthly,

May 1992

Object World '92 was a bitchy event from the start. Unfortunately, Jim Allchin is not the most charismatic senior executive that Microsoft could have fielded. Under attack from all the panelists and with a hostile audience, Allchin admitted that Microsoft would be slower in the innovation stakes than its competitors when it came to object technology. Later, he tried to get revenge by responding that if fairy tales were true Steve Jobs's nose would have grown. He had misjudged the audience, which, sitting rapt in Jobs's hands, greeted this comment with boos and hisses. The concluding score? Jobs and the Object Management Group 1, Microsoft 0. We await the rematch with interest.

Computergram International,

August 4