“His company is in play and his job may be on the line, but Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner showed on Thursday that he can still crack a joke under pressure… Eisner reserved his best barb for Steve Jobs, the CEO of Pixar and also co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., whose Macintosh computers are a leading alternative to PCs running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system,” Ben Berkowitz reports for Reuters.
“‘He created the computer, or at least Windows, or whatever he created, and did a good job,’ Eisner said to peals of laughter from analysts attending the company conference in Orlando, Florida. Eisner was addressing the collapse of talks between Disney and Pixar on extending their partnership, which has generated five smash hits including last year’s ‘Finding Nemo,'” Berkowitz reports. “Since those talks failed late last month, Eisner and Jobs have traded barbs, each blaming the other. ‘You’d be killing me today if you read the deal we offered them,’ he told the analysts.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Berkowitz may have thought it was a joke, but we’re not so sure Eisner trying to be funny; in fact, he was pretty much right on the money. Steve Jobs did have a large role in creating the personal computer and since Windows is basically a convoluted attempt at trying to simulate Mac OS Classic on X86 hardware, Jobs basically did help create Windows – by proxy at least.