All of us here on the Office for Mac team are sad to hear about the passing of Steve Jobs.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Steve’s family and with everyone at Apple.
Steve was an inspiration for us. For more than a quarter century we’ve built Office for Mac. Many of us on the team have built our Microsoft careers working on software for Apple devices, working closely with Apple to engineer products that serve our mutual customers – our people.
I’ll always remember meeting Steve for the first time in a small meeting at Apple. He joined us for a meeting about web browsers. We had been talking about standards and engineering details and complex technical tradeoffs, and Steve completely changed the conversation by focusing only on what mattered: what happens when someone sits down in front of their Mac every day?
What’s the story for that person, and how is any of this going to make their experience great? For me Steve’s inspiration and his legacy is about technology that simply works for people. In every keynote speech and every small meeting Steve brought that same laser focus on technology that changes people’s lives.
The last time I saw Steve up close was at the iPad 2 launch this March, where he battled his illness to come on stage and capture the attention of everyone in the room and around the world. As he told simple, powerful stories about how people use technology he inspired all of us, just like he has been doing for so long.
Steve, thank you for inspiring my team through your focus on people and for providing visionary leadership to our industry. We’ll all miss you.
- Eric Wilfrid, General Manager, Office for Mac team
Steve’s creative genius and laser focus on creating magical experiences has driven entire industries to make themselves better in their efforts to keep up. The world has lost an icon … we’ll miss you Steve.
- Craig Eisler, former General Manager, Office for Mac team