Steve Jobs has died

imageCUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

SOURCE: Apple, Marketwatch.com

Bill Gates has issued a statement:

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.

A statement by Steve Ballmer:

“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”

There is no doubt Steve Jobs and Apple has changed the trajectory of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7, and even Microsoft itself, and simply for that reason his influence on the news we cover has been deep.

There is also no doubt the world has changed tonight, for almost everyone with a connection to technology. Even if we did not like Steve Jobs’s showman-like style, his achievements speak for themselves.

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

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