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Schmidt Splits from Apple & We get All Excited August 5, 2009

Posted by kewroad in Uncategorized.
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Google CEO leaves Apple board dominates recent  business tech headlines. Can’t help thinking that the fact he’s been sitting on the board for so long is more of the story than his departure.

ChromeOS is cited as the conflict of interest that broke the camel’s back – and already some PRs are probably cooking up their Outbreak of the OS Wars themes. But why didn’t Android make waves over the board room coffee and canapes? 

Could the imminent return of Mr Jobs from sick leave have something to do with Mr Schmidt leaving my mutual consent? For sure Apple’s fierce control over every aspect of its technology is casting a cloud over its usually positive image. (I have always been bemused by how much Apple gets away with being nasty and proprietary compared to Microsoft) But picking a fight with Google is a battle of equals and probably healthier for the market than the cosy cross-industry friendship the two companies once had.