For Steve Jobs, the term 'visionary' doesn't go far enough. Consider these acts of vision--and the will that it took to make them real.
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From 1995 through the middle of 1997, Apple licensed its operating system to third-party computer makers. Steve Jobs ended the program when he resumed leadership of Apple in 1997. Jobs managed to make the destructive act of elimination into something creative: Getting rid of the clones made Apple special again. He also pushed computers forward by eliminating the floppy drive before the industry was ready and by eliminating the CD/DVD drive in the MacBook Air.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
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