Steve Jobs Remembered

Rivals and IT gurus say the Apple co-founder and former CEO 'transformed' several industries.

The death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs last week staggered longtime technologists of all stripes, giving them pause and reminding them of their passion for an industry that started in a garage.

"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," said Microsoft co-founder and longtime rival Bill Gates, in a statement.

"Steve Jobs transformed four different industries: mobile phone, computing, content distribution and animation," said Gartner analyst Mark Hung. "Just as we're moving into a post-PC world that needs to integrate these disparate devices and content sources into a cohesive whole, he has unfortunately left us."

Jobs, 56, had been struggling with his health for years. In 2004, he underwent treatment for a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He returned to work soon afterward, but in 2009, he underwent a liver transplant. Early this year, he took a leave of absence to "focus on my health," as he put it, and on Aug. 24, he resigned as CEO.

He will be remembered as a visionary and a maverick -- a sometimes cantankerous one -- who pursued a doggedly independent path for Apple that could make it a frustrating place to work but that allowed it to make unique products.

In 1976, Jobs helped launch the PC business by building, with Steve Wozniak, the Apple I and co-founding Apple Computer, later renamed Apple. "There never was a [PC] industry without him," said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research.

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