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Notable quotes about Google, Microsoft, Apple and others in the software ecosystem

By June 17, 2012Uncategorized

“If it wasn’t obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan and TomTom’s hardware businesses. … And the latest smartphones also pose a major problem for automakers. … question about the efficacy of such costly vehicle upgrades when a smartphone, purchased on contract at a subsidized rate, can do more than a system costing 10 times as much.”
Damon Lavrinc, blogger at Wired
“Six months have passed and even though Android offers app developers a larger audience to cater to, Apple continues to have considerable sway over developers.”
Christopher, blogger at Mobilebloom
“Microsoft feels cool again. Microsoft products touch almost every area of technology, and everything they do is starting to work together.”
Gbenga Badipe, an electrical engineering student at Rice University, one of 1,500 Microsoft summer interns
“Hey, I’ve had job offers, but I’ve really tried to make it very clear to everybody that what I appreciate most is my neutral status …. I seriously believe that even though the Linux kernel has become a big thing for a number of large companies, people really do appreciate how nice it is that I don’t work for any of them.”
Linus Torvalds, Linux creator and joint winner of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize
“While I believe that every organization needs to adapt to changing markets, bitly’s ‘on a dime’ change was too much too quickly and the company seems to know it, but doesn’t want to admit it. bitly could have made similar moves in the long-term by staging their changes in order to better ease existing users into the new paradigm. Instead, they’ve taken the ‘tear the band aid off’ approach ….”
Scott Lowe, blogger

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