Steve Jobs wanted OS X running on Sony VAIO computers

If Steve Jobs had gotten his way, that VAIO in your lap could’ve been running OS X, Apple’s operating system. It sounds like fiction, but consider the source: former Sony president Kunitake Ando. The revelation, which stems from an interview Ando gave to Japanese journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi in 2011, highlights the close relationship Jobs reportedly shared with Sony’s co-founder Akio Morita — a relationship that led Jobs to make an exception to Apple’s walled off ecosystem. And according to Ando, it was on a 2001 golf trip in Hawaii that Jobs decided to surprise Sony executives with a version of Mac OS X running on a VAIO, four years before the Intel transition was made public.

As we all now know, that Apple/Sony partnership wasn’t meant to be. For Sony, the proposal was simply a case of bad timing, as it ran counter to not only the success the VAIO line was experiencing at the time, but also the wishes of its engineering team. After having spent so much time optimizing VAIO for Windows, Ando says Sony’s engineering team saw OS X on VAIO as a diversion of resources and were “opposed [to] asking ‘if it is worth it’.” It was because of these two factors that Sony never pursued the prospect of Mac-compatible VAIOs any further.

~ Joseph Volpe – Engadget

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I seriously doubt that this was ever a possibility – even if Jobs wanted it, the relationship Sony had with Windows and the success of the VAIO line at the time makes this story simply unreal.

Tech leaders react to Steve Jobs death

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011Just hours after the sad news about Steve Jobs’ death, the tech community reacted in the various social network platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Twitter’s website was down for a few minutes because of all the people commenting about this and Hacker news was so slow that my guess is that it was about to go down as well because of the massive traffic of people wanting to know more about Job’s death. Sigue leyendo

Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs dies at 56Steve Jobs was announced dead today October 5, 2011 by Apple, Inc. He was 56. Jobs suffered a number of serious health issues over the last couple of years.

In 2004, he announced he had form of pancreatic cancer … and had a tumor successfully removed from his pancreas later that year.

In 2009, Jobs received a liver transplant after announcing his “health-related issues were more complex than I thought.”

Earlier this year he resigned from his position as CEO of Apple, Inc. He is gone from this world but his work will be remembered by all of us who have admired him for his great vision and creativity, rest in peace Steve.

Bill Gates co-founder of Microsoft has already expressed his condolences in his blog:

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.

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. 

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