August 18, 1997 |
Die-hard fans of Apple's Macintosh operating system--like me--have been on a wild, disorienting roller-coaster ride lately. And even with the recent announcements of major changes at the company, such as a new board of directors and a partnership with Microsoft, it's hard to tell if the ride is headed up or down.
August 1, 1997 |
Steve Jobs, in a memo sent to employees at his animation company, said he has turned down offers to become chairman and chief executive of Apple Computer Inc., the beleaguered company he co-founded two decades ago. The electronic missive, sent earlier this week to workers at Pixar Inc. in Richmond, was seen by some as the end of a moth-and-flame dance that Jobs and the Cupertino company have been engaged in for weeks.
July 10, 1997 |
Apple Computer, the onetime industry leader that has been struggling with declining market share and continued losses for the last several years, announced Wednesday that Chairman and Chief Executive Gilbert Amelio has resigned after a turbulent 17 months at the helm. The Cupertino-based maker of Macintosh computers also said that Steve Jobs--who was himself ousted as chairman in 1985--will step up an advisory role he assumed in December 1996, when Apple acquired his Next Software Inc.
January 8, 1997 |
With a speech that was long on theatrics but short on specifics, Apple Computer Inc. Chairman Gilbert Amelio on Tuesday sought to persuade the world that the beleaguered computer company has a viable strategy for the future.
December 24, 1996 |
In the wake of Apple Computer Inc.'s stunning acquisition of Next Software Inc., software executives expressed cautious optimism Monday that the return of Apple co-founder Steven P. Jobs and new technology from Next would pull the struggling personal computer maker out of its current slump. The Next acquisition brings to a conclusion Apple's exhaustive search for a new operating system, the brains of a personal computer, to replace its outdated Macintosh OS.
December 21, 1996 |
Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic entrepreneur who all but invented the personal computer industry, made a triumphal return home Friday as Apple Computer Inc. announced that it will rehire its co-founder and one-time chairman as part of a bold turnaround plan. Bringing one of the most colorful dramas in American business history full-circle, Apple will also pay $400 million to acquire Next Inc.
January 7, 1996 |
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer, has been wandering in the technology wilderness since he was forced out of Apple a decade ago, struggling to make his second computer company, Next Inc., a success. But he burst onto the public stage this year with his third company, Pixar, the computer animation pioneer that created Disney's "Toy Story." Pixar rode the success of "Toy Story" with an initial public offering that made Jobs, who owns 80% of the company, an overnight billionaire, though the stock has since declined somewhat.
October 24, 1995 |
When the credits roll next month on Walt Disney Co.'s computer-animated feature "Toy Story," a familiar name will be listed as an executive producer: Steven P. Jobs. The celebrity computer entrepreneur--who co-founded Apple Computer in 1977 and left the company in a bitter falling out in 1985--recently asked for, and got, a credit on the film, sources at Disney say. His main contribution: He owns Pixar, the Richmond, Calif.
February 10, 1993 |
Steve Jobs' dogged effort to create another first-rank computer company suffered a jolting setback Tuesday when the legendary Apple Computer co-founder announced that his Next Inc. will stop building computers to focus on its highly regarded software. Next, based in Redwood City, Calif., said it will lay off 280 of its 530 employees and will put its state-of-the-art factory in Fremont up for sale. Next said it will sell its 50-person hardware design operation to Canon Inc.