Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak worries Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple

November 16, 2012

During an interview at the TEDx Brussels event, spotted online by Computerworld’s Preston Gralla, Wozniak was asked whether he thought Microsoft has indeed become more innovative than Apple.

Woz (as he’s known) replied:

"[With Microsoft] I've seen more of the type of the innovation where you see something, and whoa, they really changed things drastically, whoa, they aren't even going in the same direction as everyone else, meaning the iPhone and the Android operating system.

"A couple of day ago I read an article where Microsoft has a machine and you'll speak into it English and it will come out Mandarin. And if they're making strides in this valuable voice-recognition area, I fear that Microsoft might have been sitting in their labs trying to innovate with a formula, how do we come up with new ideas, let's not keep doing the same things as before…they might have been doing that for three years, while Apple was just used to cranking out the newest iPhone and falling behind, and that worries me greatly."

Microsoft certainly went in a different direction than Apple and others in developing Windows 8 and its own Surface line of tablets.

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Woz also recalled that Apple had some tough years when his cofounder Steve Jobs was forced out that he said was marked by a lack of innovation.

Instead of “creating something astounding that you're just gasping because it's so unexpected…We just had a formula for making money, and running it, and making the same machine." 

Wozniak added that just improving an existing product “is not Apple-style innovation.”

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