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The Story of Jobs

For Steve Jobs the news lately is really good and really bad. On the  very bad side is his health. He won't say exactly what's wrong but he is taking a leave while he (hopefully) fully recovers.

Jobs is one of kind. The man isn't perfect, and nor are his products. But they are damn good and truly remarkable. He brought Apple back from the very precipice and now the company is doing stunningly well.

Look at the latest quarter where the company brought in nearly $27 billion, netting a clean $6 billion profit. That's over a 71 percent increase of the same quarter a year ago.  Keep in mind, the last quarter included the holidays, and Apple products are the ultimate stocking stuffers, with the iPhone and iPad leading the charge.

The Mac, without the benefit of any enterprise push whatsoever, cleaned up with sales up almost 25 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Microsoft is used to setting records quarter after quarter, but it ain't nuthin' like this!

Many are worried about how Apple will do with Jobs gone for a bit. In the short term I see no problems. In fact, many loyalists may buy stuff in honor of Steve.

Who is your favorite and least favorite tech exec? Do you have any wishes for Mr. Jobs? Tell us all at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/19/2011 at 1:18 PM


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