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Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been elected to Apple Inc.'s Board of Directors

Tuesday Apple announced that Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt has been elected to the company’s board of directors bringing the board's total membership to eight. Dr. Schmidt currently also sits on the board of directors for Google and Princeton University’s board of trustees.

“Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple’s board of directors,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Dr. Schmidt has a long history working with leading companies in the technology sector. Prior to his chief position at Google Dr. Schmidt was chairman and CEO of Novell and before that he was the CTO at Sun Microsystems.

Dr. Schmidt has also held positions with Xerox in the company’s Palo Alto research center (PARC) as well as Bell Labs and Zilog. Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelors degree from Princeton University in electrical engineering and a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley.

The ties between Apple and Google have been relatively quiet, at least until now.  More than likely we will see some collaboration between the two companies in the near future.  iGmail anyone?

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RE: Please cease with the idiotic end comments
By SyK on 8/31/2006 3:25:06 PM , Rating: 2
Ignoring the rest of your post, as much of it is very much valid... (I can see dual-duals at the moment is very competitive going Apple!)

"As per charging for the OS" as you say...
Everything you say is valid. And as a software eng. I totally agree "teh moneys" as they say have to come from somewhere... however the VAST majority are Windows users, and they are used to paying moderate amounts for a HUGE change every 6-7 years, not small-low amounts for a small-moderate change every 1-2, so to them it looks like it is a "rip-off". Personally, I am very much on Apple's side with this, but it's just economic fact, as a user or supporter in the minority you must learn to accept this.

As for Google and Apple's "collaboration", I'm sure you've already realised that this news in no way means such a thing exists... Yet further from that, assuming it is to give your arguments a base, you are assuming in a huge way that Apple's "famed designers" are able to actually "improve the usability and ease of use" of their "free services".

Now not to attack it piece-by-piece, as it would be too damn lengthy, but since when has anything "Apple" been any more user-friendly than anything "Google"?

Did you see what Mac search was like before
Have you compared old .Mac e-mail to Gmail?
... and the examples could go on...

For a MAC USER, perhaps, yes, Apple programs are more user friendly. But for the vast, vast, majority who have minimal to no knowledge of computers and have Windows in what they do, I think you will find Google offer far more user friendly interfaces.

Apple's "famed designers", as you put it yourself, are famed for exactly that: DESIGN.

But please do not mistake good product design for good interface design. Yes, the iPod is an excellent example of both, but using one example to assume a direct correlation would be beyond stupid.

RE: Please cease with the idiotic end comments
By michael2k on 8/31/2006 3:51:45 PM , Rating: 2
You're comparing things Google is good at (Search, email) with things that Apple is bad at.

However how about the reverse? Photo pages on Picasaweb vs photo pages on .Mac? The iTMS vs Google Video?

Or how about applications, such as iMovie, iPhoto, or Final Cut? Apple isn't without some skill here, you know. They do have things to offer that Google might be able to take advantage of, and Google as well has things to offer that Apple would be able to take advantage of.

By SyK on 8/31/2006 3:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
Much as you blanket-assumed Apple's "Designers" would save Google's world.

I freely admit Picasa web is somewhat awkward, but really, the difference there can be measured in % rather than ^ and as such is surely not negligible.

And I understand Apple is not useless, personally I use iMovie over any Windows equivalent, I have a Mac at work mostly just for this and the proper shell for doing whois lookups. Yet when did Google even offer a competitor for these products?

If you were talking about MS, yes, iMovie offers an advantage over Windows Movie Maker, yes, iPhoto offers advantages over Windows Picture Viewer.

But please do not assume Windows/Wintel/PC/NON-Mac are one and the same as Google.

Google is not even offering anything in most of these platforms, or is not interested in doing so, or is still in Beta or even Alpha. Just because they COULD offer software in that region through a partnership does not mean they SHOULD, especially if it isn't even near their current market audiences.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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